The Los Angeles Lakers playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies has taken on a life of its own. These two teams already had history after the Shannon Sharpe incident from earlier this season and that history has only grown so far in this series.
The biggest storyline in the series is revolved around Dillon Brooks and his endless trash talk of LeBron James and the Lakers. Brooks took this to the court, deciding to hit LeBron with a blow below the belt after LeBron was cooking him in the first half.
Brooks is refusing to take the blame for his ejection or the drama surrounding him and the Lakers, making himself public enemy no. 1 in Los Angeles. Lakers fans are undoubtedly rooting for Brooks to struggle and now have something more to root for.
If the Lakers can get the job done and eliminate the Grizzlies then they also could be ending Brooks’ career with the team. ESPN’s Tim McMahon outlined how the Grizzlies have already tried to move on from Brooks and how his future is up in the air in Memphis on a recent episode of the ‘Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective‘ podcast.
"“They’ve tried to move on from Dillon Brooks already. I don’t know if Dillon Brooks is on this team after this series. We’ll see if the Grizzlies can comeback and win it.”"
Lakers ending Dillon Brooks’ Grizzlies career would be poetic justice.
Dillon Brooks obviously still has a place in the league as he is a productive role player who is a good defender. He might be a pest but pretending like he is not a valuable role player is silly. He will land on his feet elsewhere.
That doesn’t make it any less sweeter that the Lake Show could deliver the final dagger to his Memphis career. Brooks has talked a lot of smack about other teams as a member of the Grizzlies and if he fails to back it up, and then is forced to leave, it will make for great entertainment.
It would make it even better if Brooks ends up playing for a bad team so Lakers fans can laugh at him even harder. This is what happened with Patrick Beverley, who badmouthed LA fans and made it his goal to knock his former team out of playoff contention.
And what happened? The Lake Show is still playing for a chance to win the NBA Championship while Beverley is watching at home. The same could be said for Brooks when the playoffs roll around next year.