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Dillon Brooks: 'I’ve got to tone it down and get back to my mindfulness practice'
The good news for Brooks and the Grizzlies is the NBA resets the technicals count for the playoffs, and the automatic suspensions don’t start rolling again until a player reaches seven. “I’ve got to tone it down and get back to my mindfulness practice and find ways to channel it better,” Brooks said.
Dillon Brooks on Theo Pinson: 'He’s a great basketball player, and now he’s paid to cheerlead'
If you’re wondering why, it’s because Brooks wanted to let Dallas Mavericks reserve Theo Pinson know “he’s a cheerleader.” “I grew up watching him play. He’s a great basketball player, and now he’s paid to cheerlead,” Brooks deadpanned, wearing a cardigan with no shirt underneath, dark slacks and dark sunglasses in the Grizzlies’ locker room after Monday’s 112-108 win.
It’s an automatic one-game suspension unless the NBA reviews the infraction and rescinds the tech. “This one might be a hard one to get back,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins opined. “At this point, I don’t think we even try anymore,” Brooks said.
March 3 will forever be remembered as a fateful day in Grizzlies history — the last game before Morant’s suspension for wielding a gun in public while intoxicated and the day of Brandon Clarke’s Achilles tear — and Brooks earning his 16th technical of the season in Denver is among the reasons. Starting with No. 16, players are suspended for every other tech and fined $5,000 per infraction. “It’s just paper,” Brooks said.
Privately, Grizzlies coaches say Brooks is as studious in the film room as any player, and Jenkins lauded Brooks on Monday night for the additional shooting work he has undertaken in recent weeks. When it comes to the extracurriculars, though, the ones that get Brooks in trouble, the Grizzlies find themselves wishing he could reel it in and also understanding it’s part of the Brooks experience.
Dillon Brooks says Ja Morant wanted to come off the bench
Drew Hill: Dillon Brooks said Ja Morant told the team he wanted to come off the bench with the way they are playing right now. “I told him ‘HELL NO! You’re too good a player and you’re the engine of this team.’”
Dillon Brooks a big fan of Kyrie Irving and everything he stands for
Kylen Mills: Dillon Brooks said after tonight’s game that he’s a big fan of Kyrie Irving, everything he stands for and the way he used his platform. Said Kyrie is just like Kobe and Michael Jordan in playing the game at a different pace. Interesting. 🎥 @Brax_Avery pic.twitter.com/hyLldzADl4
Grant Afseth: Mavericks’ Kyrie Irving says it wasn’t intentional that he didn’t take Dillon Brooks’ jersey in a post-game swap: “I saw that after the game. I’ll probably get it next time. Probably next time. Not this time. I was really onto the next thing, thought process-wise.”