Brooks ironically wanted to model Draymond's game at Oregon


Before the feud, Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks actually looked up to Draymond Green. 

"You’re a fan. That’s crazy," Green said while torching Brooks on a recent episode of his podcast. 

It turns out, Brooks, indeed, was a fan. 

Years before the Warriors' budding rivalry with the Grizzlies and Brooks' comments about Green and Golden State in an interview with ESPN, Memphis' fiery two-way player wanted to be like Draymond during his college days at the University of Oregon. 

"At the beginning of the year, I was sitting at [Oregon coach Dana Altman's] house, telling him I want to be like Draymond Green for this team," Brooks told reporters in 2016. "I would never think that I would be in this position now with everybody here. It's great, I can't take it for granted, I gotta keep going. My team knows that, I know that."

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Brooks, a forward with the Ducks for three seasons, was a Consensus All-American and established himself as a two-way star, winning the 2016-17 Pac-12 Player of the Year award while being named to NCAA All-Region and two All-Pac-12 teams. 

The accolades have yet to carry over to the NBA, but maybe there still is a thing or two he can learn from Draymond. 

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