Jaren Jackson Jr., the Defensive Player of the Year awardee, expressed his anticipation to compete against his former teammate, Dillon Brooks.
Earlier this offseason the Rockets acquired Brooks through a sign-and-trade agreement, ending his six-year tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies. The 27-year-old guard was a crucial part of the Grizzlies’ roster, earning a spot on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team during the 2022-23 season.
While speaking about Brooks, Jackson affectionately referred to him as “his dog,” highlighting the strong bond between the two players, via Jerry Jiang of Memphis Commercial Appeal. Despite their friendship, Jackson made it clear that he is eager to compete against Brooks with utmost intensity, stating, “I can’t wait to play against them. That’s my brother, ’nuff said. I’ve known him forever.”
Brooks’ move to the Rockets presents an exciting opportunity for Jackson to face his former teammate in a competitive setting. As the Grizzlies and Rockets meet on the court, fans can expect an intense matchup between the two players, each striving to make an impact for their respective teams.