LeBron James on Dillon Brooks: "I don't need to make a statement"
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Los Angeles Lakers won Game 3 of the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs after defeating Memphis 111-101. Dillon Brooks was sent off just 2:17 into the second half after intentionally hitting LeBron James in the groin. LeBron said: "Answer on the field? I've been doing it for a long time.
I've made enough statements, it was time to demonstrate on the field. We just wanted to play well today and win. And we want to try to do it in Game 4 as well. The exchange of words in the warm up? I didn't need to talk to him privately.
I did it publicly and that's okay. This isn't my first fight. I've had to deal with this kind of thing my entire career, with so many players. It's easy. It's really It's easy for me to handle these situations… I'm used to it.
Brooks' low blow? I immediately thought about the next play to make. Potential suspension? I don't care, we have to play well next game, with or without him. Your comment? Alla I think my track record and what I've done in this league speak for themselves.
I don't get carried away by comments like that." LeBron the added: "As I keep saying, ultimately my focus is on my teammates and us who have to find a way to beat the Memphis Grizzlies, not how I try to beat an individual on their team.
We won and AD played a crazy game. My feeling is that Dillon was sent off more for what happened in the previous races than for this act. I mean, if we look closely at the offending play, Dillon was actually looking for the ball.
LeBron dribbled behind his back and it's normal for that type of contact. Flagrant 1? OK, but the expulsion, I don't agree at all. The boos of the fans towards him? He's been booed all season, so I don't think that bothers him.
He actually likes dealing with situations like this. He gives it fuel. He stimulates it. Many of these teams, as much as they may not like it, would like to have him in their squad. He brings so much energy