Dillon Brooks will again attempt to disrupt the fluency of LeBron James when the Houston Rockets host the Los Angeles Lakers tonight.
Brooks has history with James after labelling the 38-year-old “old” prior to the play-off series between the Memphis Grizzlies and LA last season – a tactic that failed as the former Cleveland Cavalier starred as the Lakers progressed.
Having swapped the Grizzlies for the Rockets in the off season, Brooks comes face to face with James again and is sticking to his in-your-face approach.
He told the Houston Chronicle: “[I’m] Ready to lock him up. He’s shooting the ball well. He’s been playing well. So I’m just there to make him tired, make him get into that fourth quarter early.
“Full-courting him when he wants to bring it up. Any time he’s posting up on the block, I’m bumping him. Bumping him on the jog back. If he’s guarding me I want to attack him. Just getting him into multiple actions.”
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Brooks’ combustible nature contributed to his Grizzlies’ exit and he concedes he doesn’t play the media game as well as James.
He added: “I feel like he [James] controls the media.
“I feel like a lot of guys, you know, have these podcasts and love social media, but I don’t really like it. I don’t really like media. If I didn’t have to talk to you guys I wouldn’t talk to you guys. I just block it out and just play basketball.
“It ain’t about me or him.
“That’s what the matchup says in the beginning of the game: LA Lakers versus Houston Rockets.
“It’s about us getting the win and keeping the win streak going.”
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