What a fiery debut it turned out to be!
During the offseason, Dillon Brooks bid farewell to the Memphis Grizzlies and inked a reported four-year, $80 million contract with the Houston Rockets in July. Although it was just a preseason game, tonight marked his first appearance with his new team.
However, his inaugural performance was short-lived.
In a game against the Indiana Pacers, barely five minutes in, the Rockets guard made a controversial move by hitting Pacers’ big man, Daniel Theis, in an inappropriate area. The incident left him visibly frustrated, and the referees had to conduct a review.
After a thorough review, the officials made the decision to assess a flagrant two-foul and promptly ejected Brooks from the game.
Standing at 6-foot-7, Brooks is known for his defensive prowess, having averaged 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game last season with the Grizzlies. He even earned a spot on the 2022-23 All-Defensive second team.
In addition to his defensive skills, Brooks has gained notoriety for his antagonistic role against opponents, including a notable encounter with LeBron James in last year’s playoffs. However, that approach didn’t yield favorable results for him.
It seems that Dillon Brooks might be trying a bit too hard to establish himself as the NBA’s resident “bad boy.”