LeBron James has remained cool-headed despite Dillon Brooks’ trash talk leading up to the third game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies. The two players had been engaging in a war of words before the Grizzlies managed to tie the series at 1-1 with a game-two victory.
As the series heats up, James has made it clear that he is not paying much attention to Brooks’ brash remarks. He believes that the game is won on the court, not through verbal jabs. James, who has won four NBA championships, is not one to engage in unnecessary drama, especially in the playoffs.
Trash Talk and James’ Response
During game two in Memphis, Brooks, 27, engaged in a verbal back-and-forth with James. Brooks was unrepentant afterward, taking on the 38-year-old four-time champion. “I don’t care–he’s old,” Brooks said of James, the NBA’s all-time scoring leader. “I poke bears.”
James, on the other hand, remained calm and professional, stating that he is not there for the “bullshit.” He is ready to play and has his eyes on the prize. James deflected several questions about Brooks’ comments before ending his media session at the team’s training facility.
The Lakers’ Mindset
The Lakers managed to secure the first game of the series against the second-seeded Grizzlies on their home floor. However, they suffered a disappointing defeat in game two against a Memphis team missing injured star Ja Morant. James believes that the Lakers cannot afford to focus on any one player, be it a mouthy Brooks or a missing Morant.
According to James, there are ten guys on the floor, and they must respect everyone, execute offensively, and recognize that the Grizzlies are one of the best defensive teams in the league. The Lakers need to regain momentum on their home court and take control of the series.
In the NBA playoffs, trash talk is often used to throw an opponent off their game. However, James’ response shows that he is a consummate professional, focused on the task at hand. He is a role model for young players, showing them that success comes from hard work and discipline, not from engaging in verbal battles.
In conclusion, James has shown that he is not one to engage in petty squabbles, choosing instead to focus on the game. He remains a formidable player, capable of leading his team to victory. As the playoffs continue, it will be interesting to see how the Lakers perform and if Brooks’ trash talk will have any impact on James and his teammates.