New team, same Dillon Brooks.The Houston Rockets forward was asked Tuesday about matching up with LeBron James
in Wednesdays game against the Los Angeles Lakers. He said he expects to guard him and vowed to “lock him up.”
Dillon Brooks on his matchup with LeBron“Ready to lock him up” pic./YnNNUMZWk5— Lachard Binkley (BinkleyHoops)
November 7, 2023″Ready to lock him up,” Brooks told reporters. “Hes been shooting the ball well. Hes been playing well. Im just there to make him tired, make him get into that fourth quarter early.”
The last time Brooks and James faced off on the court, Brooks called James “old” and said James hadnt earned his respect. This was during a first-round playoff series between the Lakers and Brooks former team, the
Memphis Grizzlies.“I poke bears,” Brooks told reporters in April. “I don’t respect no one until they come and give me 40.”
That was after Game 2, which saw some on-court tension surface between the two. Brooks then proceeded to punch James in the groin in Game 3, leading to an ejection.
Flagrant 2 foul assessed to Dillon Brooks for hitting LeBron below the belt.Brooks has been ejected from the game.
pic./Grd03xXZyy— Yahoo Sports (YahooSports) April 23, 2023The Lakers beat the Grizzlies in six games, and that was the end of that. James and Brooks
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declined a post-series handshake, and James took a Jay-Z-inspired victory lap on social media.Unlike you little 🤬Im a grown ass man
Big shoes to fill 🤬, grown ass pants Prolly hustled with your pops, go ask your parents Its apparent youre staring at a legend
Who, put a few little 🤬in the they place before Trying to eat without saying they grace before! 🤫👑
— LeBron James (KingJames) April 29, 2023Brooks didnt have anything to say after the Game 6 loss. Heleft the Grizzlies locker room before media arrived.
Theres no love lost between Dillon Brooks and LeBron James. (Harry How/Getty Images) (Harry How via Getty Images)
Now Brooks is in a new city and feels like chirping, though the talk is certainly subdued by his standards. Still, hes showing no signs of backing down from James. And it sounds like hes tired of hearing James talk.
“I feel like he controls the media,” Brooks continued. “I feel like a lot of guys, you know, have these podcasts and love social media, but I dont really like it. I dont really like media.
“If I didnt have to talk to you guys, I wouldnt talk to you guys. And you know, I just block it out and just play basketball.”
As for how he intends to lock James up, Brooks reiterated that the plan is to wear him down physically.
“Full-courting him when he wants to bring it up,” Brooks said. “Any time hes posting up on the block, Im bumping him. Bumping him on the jog back. If hes guarding me, I want to attack him. Just getting him into multiple actions.”
As for James, he was active on social media Tuesday. But his message was for NBA officials. Brooks didnt appear to be on his radar.