3 reasons why the Rockets must pass on Dillon Brooks

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Six
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2. Brooks isn't a culture setter

One of the more perplexing things I've heard in recent memory came by way of FS1's Nick Wright, who had the following to say about Dillon Brooks' impact on a young team's culture. 

Granted, I understand how these daytime sports shows operate: say something outlandish with the understanding that it'll generate clicks and engagement, but this is rich, even if that was the goal. First off, what type of culture are you seeking to establish?

More importantly, what kind of culture do the Rockets need? If you think Brooks has a positive cultural impact, why wouldn't a contending team like the Memphis Grizzlies want him around?

In fact, the Grizzlies didn't just announce that they were going to let Brooks hit free agency, they added the catchphrase "under any circumstances". 

Based on that verbiage I reckon he's had an inverse effect on their culture. If the goal is to talk trash to your opponent before facing off and duck the smoke afterwards then sure, Brooks is perfect. But we saw how that's worked out for Memphis. 

Brooks sought to get in the head of one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, only to disappear entirely after defeat. At the end of the day, if your franchise is relying on Dillon Brooks to establish it's culture, they deserve to be let down in the end, which is exactly what would happen.