Does Dillon Brooks Have What It Takes To Make Us Forget The Most Egregious Flop In Basketball History?
You're probably going to scoff when you read this, but I genuinely believe that Dillon Brooks just potentially gave us a look at the first ever career defining flop.
I know that sounds silly because we are talking about a guy who not only orchestrated an NCAA tournament win over Duke, but managed to get personally singled out by their coach in the process. All things considered, it takes a special kind of talent to become the target of Coach K's "impeccable teachings" (AKA underhanded scoldings) when you're not even on his team...
That said, it's going to take a lot more than one visit to the 'Elite 8' at the expense of the most hated team in college basketball to make me forget a flop so egregious that it even came with it's own encore. That last "fish out of water"-like jump just put this act of obvious embellishment in the record books that Dillon Brooks actual performance is simply not eligible for yet. I sincerely hope that this kid has a heroic 'Final Four' run in him, because - at the risk of putting a cap on a 21 year old's potential - the six seconds of research I have done doesn't exactly show him showing up draft boards. I'm not saying it's impossible for him to put a dive so exaggerated that it made a mockery of the art of mockery in his rearview, but I am saying the it's not going to be easy to have a more memorable moment than the time he appeared to get his ass punked by a ghost. I don't know if he needed anymore motivation to become a successful NBA player, but the direct association of his name to that embarrassing clip just provided it to him.