Kendrick Perkins ripped the Memphis Grizzlies over their handling of the Dillon Brooks situation. On Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the Grizzlies told Brooks he "would not be brought back under any circumstances." Brooks is one of the biggest trash-talkers in the NBA, with some players also calling him "a dirty player." During the Grizzlies' first-round playoffs loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Brooks went at LeBron James, calling him "old." “I expected them not to [bring back Brooks], but it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.
I don’t think it’s funny how the Grizzlies are handling this situation with Dillon Brooks. It’s one thing to clown and joke about him throughout the series, but when you come out and say that you’re not gonna bring him back no matter the circumstances, like zero chances.
This guy is up for a contract. This guy spent six years in your organization, and a couple of those years he was actually great for you. So my thing is when it comes down to affecting a livelihood, and it’s also a reflection of your organization, this is not how you want to be trending," Perkins said on ESPN's NBA Today, per The New York Post.
Perkins rips the Grizzlies over the Brooks situation
After the Grizzlies' season ended in such a disappointing way, the general expectation was that the team would not return Brooks for the next season. That turned out to be true but the Grizzlies also made pretty sure to let everyone know how they felt about Brooks.
According to Perkins, this action can only send a negative message and prevent some players from coming to Memphis. “You don’t want them to feel like, ‘Oh, this is how they did Dillon Brooks,’ because that’s how I would look at it, and it’s just very disturbing to me that they handled him like this.
If they didn’t want to sign him, so what? Don’t sign him! But you don’t have to put it out there like that like he committed a damn crime or some off-court distractions, because he was none of that. The kid played with heart and passion every single night.
No matter what he shot from the field, he brought his game every single night when it came to competing between those lines," Perkins said.