Dillon Brooks' Houston Rockets Debut Marred by Fine and Ejection

In a turn of events that few could have predicted, Dillon Brooks' inaugural game with the Houston Rockets quickly turned from celebratory to controversial.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Dillon Brooks' Houston Rockets Debut Marred by Fine and Ejection
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In a turn of events that few could have predicted, Dillon Brooks' inaugural game with the Houston Rockets quickly turned from celebratory to controversial. The NBA dropped a bombshell on Thursday, announcing a hefty fine for the player's questionable move during a preseason matchup.

A Pricey Misstep

The NBA administration did not mince words when they slapped a $25,000 fine on Brooks for what they termed as "recklessly making contact" with Indiana Pacers center, Daniel Theis. The point of contention lay in a contentious area – Theis's groin, which caused a massive uproar and ultimately led to Brooks' ejection from the game.

All this took place just 4:33 into Brooks' first-ever game representing the Houston Rockets, a team he had recently joined as a free agent this offseason. Given the magnitude of the foul, termed "flagrant foul 2," Brooks' ejection from the game might have seemed like a foregone conclusion to many.

Brooks' Side of the Story

However, the situation might not be as clear-cut as it appears. Brooks, in a post-match interview with the Houston Chronicle, ardently defended his actions. "I tried to navigate a screen," he elucidated.

"I might have tapped him below the waist. But he got right back up. I don't know. It's weird that every time it happens to me, I get picked on. I guess it's part of the reputation." Brooks' frustration was palpable as he felt he was being unduly targeted based on past incidents.

He went on to comment on the referee's decision, particularly Mitch Ervin's call on the play, which questioned his character. "For a flagrant 2 foul like that, you got to know if a person is doing it on purpose or with intention.

That's really going at who I am as a person. That ref, Mitch [Ervin], that just shows that he just doesn't know who I am as a person. He's just going off what's been said." As the dust settles on this eventful match, it remains to be seen how this incident will affect Brooks' tenure with the Rockets. One thing is for sure; his debut with the team will be long remembered, albeit for reasons he might wish to forget.

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