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NBA penalizes Brooks for playoff antics

Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks fined $25k for skipping media after losses to Lakers

After failing to make himself available to reporters on multiple occasions during the first-round series with the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillion Brooks adds another fine to his tally for the season.

The 27-year-old will pay $25,000 because of his "failure to participate in team postgame media availability during the first round of the 2023 NBA playoffs," the NBA announced Sunday.

Brooks has no shortage of things to say. He levied plenty of trash talk toward LeBron James during the series, but he eventually told reporters he feels the media and fans have given him an inaccurate "villain" reputation.

Unfortunately for him, the NBA's current collective bargaining agreement requires players to "consent to and make himself available for interviews by representatives of the media conducted at reasonable times."

Following the Lakers' dominant 125-85 Game 6 win, Brooks likely did not want to respond to questions about his attempted rivalry with Lakers star LeBron James.

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Brooks called out James following the Grizzlies' win in Game 2. After that contest, Brooks said James was "old." Brooks added, "I don't respect no one 'til they come and give me 40." The Lakers won Game 6 by 40 points.

Brooks apparently left the locker room before media was allowed to speak with players.

Brooks also dodged media after Game 3. He attempted to "poke the bear" in James, but got himself ejected instead. He was assessed a flagrant two foul for hitting James in the groin, roasted on the internet and outperformed.

He exited the game with 7 points on 3-of-13 shooting, while James put up 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the Lakers' 111-101 win.

"I'm good," he told reporters, who attempted to speak with him after the loss.




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