Celtics Legend Draws Dennis Rodman Parallel to Ja Morant’s Teammate Amid Heated Beefs with Draymond and Russell Westbrook

Published 04/02/2023, 4:30 PM EDT

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Dennis Rodman was one of the most iconic players in NBA history. The Worm was eccentric both on and off the court. His antics never stopped even though they often landed him in trouble. However, the five-time champion never lacked in his intensity. Nothing transcended his love for the game. One thing NBA fans and Rodman’s teammates knew is that the two-time Defensive Player of the Year would leave his all on the floor every night. In a recent discussion about the current NBA scene, Boston Celtics legend Kevin Garnett admitted that the same narrative isn’t being held for Ja Morant’s teammate Dillon Brooks.

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During a recent episode of ‘Ticket 7 The Truth’, Garnett sat down with Matt Barnes for a discussion. According to him, the narrative of Brooks being a cocky villain is overshadowing his actual intensity and talent as an all-effort star.

Kevin Garnett compares Dillon Brooks’ game to that of Dennis Rodman

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If you ask most fans, who is the villain in today’s league, the majority might say it’s Dillon Brooks. The young Memphis Grizzlies forward has a reputation for being a heavy trash-talker. This season alone, the 27-year-old has fallen out with the likes of Draymond Green and Donovan Mitchell. Most recently, he and Russell Westbrook had an intense back-and-forth battle during the Los Angeles Clippers’ win over Memphis.

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Due to such events, he has become a hated figure among the media and players. However, many seem to forget the value he brings to the Grizzlies. Over anything, Brooks loves the game and the feeling of competing. The 27-year-old is a tenacious defender who takes pride in being the lead stopper for Memphis. He brings with him an intensely competitive atmosphere. Each night he competes, the Grizzlies star leads with his efforts.

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And that exact passion has turned Kevin Garnett into a fan. As the league transitions into the playoffs, KG feels Brooks’ energy is exactly what makes the playoffs great. In addition, the Hall of Famer also drew a connection between Dennis Rodman and Brooks. In particular, he felt that they share a deep love for the game of basketball.

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The Big Ticket told Matt Barnes, “The reason why we love Dennis Rodman was his effort. Why we love some of the antics from some of our aggressive players because they are playing so f***ing hard. And to me that narrative douses that. To me it actually takes that passion out of it. And what I love about the playoffs is the passion.”

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When we take The Worm as the subject, he was a dominant presence on the court. Despite playing alongside Michael Jordan, Rodman never submitted his character. He brought the crowd alive with his antics. Fans remember his war with Karl Malone or the near fight with Shaquille O’Neal. Despite all that, fans hail him as a legend. The love for Rodman generates from the fact that he left it all out on the floor no matter who the opponent was.

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Brooks takes a similar approach to the game. He might not be the second coming of Dennis Rodman, but there is no doubt that he shares a passion similar to that of the five-time champion. With what Garnett said, do you think Dillon Brooks deserves more love? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.
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