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Dillon Brooks shoots Andre Iguodala after Warriors loss to Grizzlies

Dillon Brooks still doesn’t like Andre Iguodala and he made it clear after the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Warriors 123-95 at FedExForum on Monday night.

The Grizzlies have improved to 53-23 this season and they’re 18-2 without All-Star Ja Morant this season Memphis now has a five-game lead over the Warriors for the No. 2 seed in the Conference. West and has the look of a team that can win the NBA title in June.

That possibility is something no one outside of Memphis — including Iguodala — saw coming in the summer of 2019 when the Warriors traded the 2015 NBA Finals MVP to the Grizzlies in a move. cost reduction.

Nearly three years later, Brooks and the upstart Grizzlies haven’t forgotten that Iguodala never played a game for Memphis.

“We all had the vision,” Brooks told reporters in Memphis after the game. “He didn’t, which is perfect. Send him back to the Warriors and let him do his thing there.”

When Iguodala was traded to Memphis, it was understood that they would buy out his contract or trade him to a contending team, but Brooks and Morant viewed it as Iguodala not wanting to play with them or be on a team. future. Iguodala ended up sitting out the first few months of the 2019-20 season before being traded to the Miami Heat in a three-team deal that included the Minnesota Timberwolves. He would help the Heat reach the NBA Finals where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the bubble in Orlando, Florida.

In February 2020, Iguodala told Sam Amick of The Athletic that he wasn’t the one who said the Grizzlies weren’t the right situation for him, saying the idea was presented to him.

Three years after the trade, Brooks and the Grizzlies appear to be building something special in Memphis.

“From the beginning we were building a base, we had a base and we kept building and building and building and more guys got on the bandwagon and we were able to create something like this and continue to build this dynasty and this program to new heights,” Brooks said Monday night. “Just an amazing feeling to see the guys grow every year. I’ve been here the longest so I’m just happy to see every player grow in their role and to try to outgrow his role, which is amazing to see. I’m just happy to be a part of it and happy to have figured out how to stay here in Memphis.

Iguodala spent two years in Miami before re-signing with the Warriors this offseason on a minimum contract. Golden State got off to a good start, and its decision to return to the Bay Area seemed like the right one. But the Warriors fell on hard times as the Grizzlies took off.

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The Grizzlies and their fans still hold animosity toward Iguodala, so much so that the crowd booed him when he entered the game on Monday and when he touched the basketball. -pointer on its first shot.

Iguodala has the gear and the accolades, but Brooks and the Grizzlies have the swagger right now, and they could have the last laugh if they’re able to get the job done and win the title this year without Iguodala.

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