“You can’t disrespect him”: LeBron James showcases respect for Dillon Brooks ahead of Lakers-Grizzlies playoff clash

The Los Angeles Lakers have made it to the 2023 NBA playoffs after a play-in tournament victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves. They are now set to face the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round, with Dillon Brooks expressing his willingness to play against LeBron James and the Lakers. Brooks stated that Memphis would “knock him out right away” in a first-round matchup.

LeBron James responded to Brooks’ comments, acknowledging his talent and listing the strengths of the Memphis lineup. However, the Lakers are expected to focus more attention on players like Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, and Jaren Jackson Jr. despite Brooks having a solid regular season with an average of 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 73 games.


The Lakers have been playing well with a healthy James and Anthony Davis in the lineup, going 8-2 in their last 10 games. The emergence of Austin Reaves has also been a significant factor in the team’s recent success. Additionally, players like Dennis Schröder, Rui Hachimura, D’Angelo Russell, and Jarred Vanderbilt are capable of being an effective supporting cast.

While the Grizzlies are favored to win the series, the Lakers should not be taken lightly. The Purple and Gold have been playing well lately and are expected to put up a good fight. However, they will need things to align perfectly to move on. The first game of the series will take place on Sunday at FedEx Forum.

Despite Brooks’ confidence in his team’s ability to knock out the Lakers, the Lakers have a strong chance of advancing to the next round. Their recent performances have been impressive, and they have the experience and talent to win games. However, they will need to stay focused and put up a solid team effort to emerge victorious against the Grizzlies.

The Experience Factor: How the LA Lakers’ Veterans Could Tip the Scales in First-Round Playoff Series Against the Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies will face off against the LA Lakers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, and while the Lakers enter the series as the heavy favorites, the Grizzlies have some significant disadvantages.

The Grizzlies lack veteran experience compared to the Lakers, and while they have intelligent players and a solid coach, that may not be enough against a team with LeBron James at the helm.

The Lakers have a wealth of experienced players on their roster, with James and Anthony Davis leading the way. Other seasoned players like Dennis Schroder, D’Angelo Russell, and Malik Beasley round out the roster.

The Lakers have been in great form lately, winning nine of their last 11 games, including a victory in the play-in tournament against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

James has been particularly impressive in the Lakers’ recent stretch, averaging 30.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 6.2 assists while shooting 52% from the field, 49% from beyond the arc, and 82% from the free-throw line in his last five games.

The Lakers’ recent form and experience make them a formidable opponent, and it will be interesting to see how they fare against the Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs.

Amir Khosru

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A graduate in Linguistics Studies from Jahangirnagar University, hailing from the city of Khulna(Bangladesh). Currently working as a Content Writer who covers Combat Sports. Passionate in a lot of fields including (But not limited to) Reading, Gaming, Travelling, Strolling, Food, UFC, Anime, and whatnot!


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