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Dillon Brooks Believes That The Memphis Grizzlies Made Him The ‘Scapegoat’ Last Season

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Before joining the Houston Rockets this offseason, Dillon Brooks played six seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. However, he still doesn’t seem content with how his time with the Grizzlies ended for him. Particularly, he asserts that they made him the “scapegoat.”

While talking with Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, the Rockets forward opened up about the situation.

“What I didn’t like about Memphis was they allowed that so they can get out of the woodwork, and then I’m the scapegoat of it all. That’s what I didn’t appreciate. And then ultimately they’ll come to me on the low, as men, one on one and tell me something, but then not defend me when everything went down.”

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After the Grizzlies lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs last year, Memphis made it clear that they had no interest in retaining the forward. The team went as far as to say that they wouldn’t keep him around “under any circumstances.

A change of scenery could have been exactly what Brooks needed. He is off to a great start with the Rockets to start this season. While still providing the fire that he did in Memphis, he has been a great offensive option for the team to rely on as well.

After talking back and forth with LeBron James and losing, it certainly hurt some of the credit for Brooks at the time. However, he has done a great job at remaining a viable option in Houston. He is averaging 13.7 points, 2.0 assists, and 4.2 assists to start the year.

The most impressive aspect of his game has been his shooting percentage. Brooks is shooting 55.1 percent from the field and an astounding 53.3 percent from deep. Maintaining percentages that high is nearly impossible. However, he has been a great player with Houston so far.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are dead last in the Western Conference.