Draymond Green has gone public with his hatred for NBA rival Dillon Brooks, calling him names like “clown” and “idiot.”
The rivalry between Draymond Green and Dillon Brooks, two NBA players, has turned into a bonanza.
Despite the regular season series between the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies concluding on Saturday, the forward for the Warriors and the wing for the Grizzlies have already provided half a decade’s worth of trash talk.
The 27-year-old Brooks delights in stoking tensions between the NBA’s elite and has given them good reason to dislike him.
For good reason, he was suspended for one game after accumulating 16 technicals in a single season.
The former Oregon star just won’t shut up about his opponents or stop committing dirty fouls, prompting Kevin Harlan of TNT to say, “BOINK!”
In this respect, Dillon is the polar opposite of Draymond, who, like Draymond, was suspended from Friday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks for having accumulated too many technical fouls.
The similarities between them make for some funny back-and-forth.
If we’re being fair, Green has to be given credit for the fact that it was Brooks who initiated hostilities, and not just with the Michigan native but with the entire Warriors organization.
The guard Gary Payton II suffered a broken elbow after an egregious foul by the Grizzlies’ troublemaker in the Western Conference semifinals last year, which could have been a devastating blow to Golden State’s chances of winning the championship.
Steve Kerr, the team’s head coach, yelled at him to “get the f**k out of here” after the play.
And it came only a few weeks after Warriors legend Andre Iguodala was traded to Memphis and Brooks began the now infamous “Grizzlies dynasty” talk by publicly calling Iguodala out for not showing up.
During the first game of the 2022–23 season between the Grizzlies and the Warriors, the Warriors made their distaste for Dillon abundantly clear.
Klay Thompson made a three despite Brooks’ defensive effort, and then he hopped over the unruly guard as he slid and slid on the court in an attempt to provoke him.
Also, with a 123-109 victory over Memphis seemingly in the bag, Draymond walked past his sworn enemy Dillon with his tongue firmly out.
In response, Brooks recently said in an ESPN interview that he “doesn’t like” Green and questioned the four-time champion’s legitimacy as an NBA star.
In response, Draymond spent a significant portion of a recent episode of his podcast dissecting Dillon’s comments line by line, all the while labeling him a “clown” and an “idiot” for his lack of basketball knowledge.
And he made sure it stung.
“If you’ve ever wondered why the Memphis Grizzlies aren’t ready to compete for a championship, look no further than this idiot right here,” Green said.
Finally, he said, “The dynasty begins after you, not with you. Indeed, that is a simple fact.
I know players who could be considered dynastic material. Contrary to popular belief, they are not jokesters. When establishing a dynasty, that won’t do.
When it was Brooks’ turn to reply, he didn’t hold back either.
Before he called Green a blogger, he brought up Green’s infamous assault of Jordan Poole, which many believe permanently damaged Draymond’s reputation as a leader on the Warriors.
Despite having won the Pac-12 Player of the Year award, Brooks’ biggest accomplishment is the fact that he picked a fight with a former Defensive Player of the Year who also has multiple championship rings.
It’s not like that bothers him, and neither does Green.