Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks made no qualms about his feelings for Warriors forward Draymond Green.
Brooks made that clear when the two were compared in reference to their style of play, via Tim Keown of ESPN.
“I don’t like Draymond at all,” Brooks said, via Keown. “I just don’t like Golden State. I don’t like anything to do with them. Draymond talks a lot. Gets away with a lot, too.
“His game is cool — with Golden State — but if you put him anywhere else, you’re not going to know who Draymond is. He plays with heart, plays hard, knows the ins and outs of their defense. I guess that’s why they like him over there.”
Brooks and Green have had their back-and-forth and trash talk on the court. But until now, they’ve usually said little about each other off it.
Though at one point earlier this season, Green said something about how the Grizzlies sure talk a lot for a team that hasn’t ever advanced to the Finals.
Both Brooks and Green have had their run-ins with opponents throughout the years, probably too many to list. This year, of course, there was the incident involving Brooks and former NFL tight end-turned-talk-show-host Shannon Sharpe in Los Angeles, which really did turn out to be nothing.
Either way, the Warriors and Grizzlies were already sort of developing a rivalry of sorts, dating back to last year’s playoffs.
Now, it is likely to intensify, given Brooks’ comments. But he takes pride in being somewhat brash and fairly physical — much like Green.
“It’s not a job everybody wants,” Brooks said, via Keown, “and that’s what makes me different. Guys don’t like dealing with the physicality. They don’t like to get bumped. They don’t like having someone in their space all night.”
For the record, the Grizzlies and Warriors meet for a final time in the regular season on March 18 in Memphis.
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