Dillon Brooks ejected 5 minutes into Rockets debut for punching Daniel Theis in the groin

Dillon Brooks got ejected before we had on file an action shot of him in his Rockets gear. (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Dillon Brooks got ejected before we had on file an action shot of him in his Rockets gear. (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

That didn't take long.

Noted NBA heel Dillon Brooks got ejected Tuesday fewer than five minutes into his debut with the Houston Rockets. It took 4:33, to be precise.

His infraction? Punching an opponent below the belt. In a basketball game.

The incident took place in a preseason game between the Rockets and Indiana Pacers. The victim: Daniel Theis.

With Houston leading 13-10, Brooks was guarding Bennedict Mathurin on the perimeter. Theis set a screen on Brooks. Brooks responded with a left uppercut to the groin. It was a direct hit.

Here's a close-up.

And another angle for good measure.

Theis, understandably, was none too pleased. But he kept his cool.

Officials, meanwhile, went to the monitor to determine the severity of the infraction. They accurately assessed that it was a foul of the flagrant 2 variety, a designation that comes with an automatic ejection.

Upon learning his fate, Brooks smirked and waved goodbye to the Houston crowd. He then jogged off the floor without protest.

"I tried to navigate a screen, I might have tapped him below the waist. But you know he got right back up," Brooks said. "I don't know, it's weird that every time it happens to me it I get picked on. But I guess it's just a part of the reputation."

So is there a target on Brooks' back?

"I don't know. What's the name? What's my name? The name is Dillon the Villain, so I guess," Brooks replied.

This is familiar

Brooks developed a reputation in six seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies as a guy opposing players, well, don't like. And it's because of stuff like this. Just ask LeBron James.

That low blow on James in the playoffs last season likewise earned Brooks a flagrant 2, an assessment Brooks later blamed on media and fans.

“The media making me a villain, the fans making me a villain, that just creates another persona on me,” Brooks said in April while arguing that he didn't deserve a flagrant 2 for punching another man in his private area.

While Brooks was flustered at the time, he appears eager to reprise his role in his Houston surroundings. You've been warned, Rockets opponents.