Draymond Green and Dillon Brooks ugly war of words has gotten physical as the pair tussled on the court in Thursday’s anticipated matchup.
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Brooks, a small forward from Mississauga, Ontario, went to the University of Oregon after playing at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.
As a freshman, he averaged 11.5 points per game and was named to the Pac-12 Conference all-freshman team.
As a sophomore, Brooks led the Ducks to the Pac-12 Conference regular season title and a top ten national ranking.
At the close of the season, he was named first-team All-Pac-12 and a third-team All-American by the Sporting News.
He was also named the District IX player of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Brooks averaged 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game.
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In the days leading up to Thursday’s game between the Warriors and Grizzlies, Brooks and Green traded verbal shots.
The tension then spilled over into the contest at FedExForum, with the two getting into an odd, tamer-than-normal altercation just before halftime.
In the locker room after the game, Brooks told reporters that his teammates showed him what Green said on “The Draymond Green Show” on Wednesday, and when asked if the comments upset him, the Grizzlies’ guard took several shots at the four-time NBA champion.
“No, no, because I know I’m a better player than him,” Brooks told reporters (h/t Clayton Collier of ABC 24 Memphis). “I can do the same stuff that he does. That’s easy. That’s just showing up to work. I try to score, I try to figure out plays, I try to call out plays for my team, so just the fact that he was trying to pin my teammates against me, that was a low blow and that’s the type of player he is.”
During his podcast on Wednesday, Green insinuated that Grizzlies players don’t like Brooks.
“I’m trying to figure out why they like you in Memphis,” Green said. “Or do they like you in Memphis? I’m not sure your teammates like you. Doesn’t lead to winning. I can tell you why they like me [in Golden State]. When you contribute the way I have contributed to winning four championships, they tend to like you..”
In response, reporters asked Brooks if he was secure in the knowledge that his teammates ride with him.
That’s when Brooks invoked the infamous training camp altercation between Green and Jordan Poole.
Brooks said he didn’t like Green or the Warriors and took a dig at Green’s game, saying it would only work with the Warriors. On his podcast at Volume Sports, Green responded point-by-point using Brooks’ words against him.
“This idiot said I don’t know what Draymond does out there. He said ‘I don’t like Draymond at all’. You don’t know me,” Green started. ” ‘I just don’t like Golden State’, I, quite frankly, wouldn’t like a team that beats me all the time, either.
“‘I don’t like anything to do with them.’ Quite frankly, you were a little kid in high school watching us win championships. You should be happy that even you witnessed that…you get the point, you’re a fan.”
When Brooks said that Green talks a lot, Green said that not only does Brooks talk just as much, but he’s earned the right to talk since he has four rings, four All-Star Game appearances, two Olympic gold medals and a Defensive Player of the Year award, among others.
“If you ever wondered why the Memphis Grizzlies is not ready to compete for a championship. Look no further than this idiot right here. They’re depending on this guy to help them win a championship,” Green said. “And he says ‘his game is cool’. That just shows how little you know about basketball. You’re running around talking about a dynasty? The dynasty starts after you, not with you.”
Green went on to say that he created the ins and outs of the Warriors’ defense that Brooks referred to, and as far being liked?
He also questioned if Brooks, a player both loved and criticized by fans, is well-liked in Memphis.
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