Brooks’ Departure from the Memphis Grizzlies
After a promising season took a turn for the worse, Dillon Brooks was informed that his return to the Memphis Grizzlies was not necessary. His history of troublesome incidents both on and off the court, combined with the team’s disappointing end to the season, led to the decision of not including him in future plans, ensuring that he would not wear the Grizzlies’ jersey again “under any circumstances.”
However, time may have vindicated the NBA’s favorite villain. In a conversation with Sports Illustrated, Brooks revealed that he was unfairly blamed for all of the Grizzlies’ struggles, a situation he found unjust. “What bothered me about Memphis was that they allowed me to become the scapegoat for everything,” Brooks expressed. “That’s what I didn’t appreciate. And then they would approach me privately, one by one, to say something, but they wouldn’t defend me when everything fell apart.”
A Disastrous Season for the Grizzlies
To say that the Grizzlies’ season ended on a sour note would be an understatement. Despite a strong start, injuries to Steven Adams and Brandon Clarke derailed their campaign. Additionally, their excessive talk during their successful period made them a target of other teams, resulting in their early elimination by the Lakers.
Brooks’ Triumph Beyond the Grizzlies
Time has a way of revealing the truth, and although it is still early, it appears that Brooks has emerged as the clear winner in his separation from the Grizzlies. Not only did he secure a lucrative contract with the Rockets worth 80 million over four seasons, but he has also excelled on the court. With Ja Morant serving a 25-game suspension, the Grizzlies have heavily relied on Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. to lead the offense, but their efforts have not yielded positive results, as the team currently holds one of the worst records in the NBA at 2-9.
Meanwhile, Dillon Brooks is enjoying the best shooting season of his career, averaging 13.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2 assists per game with an impressive 55% shooting percentage.