Amusingly, Morant could be seen on the bench after things had cooled down making clear that he was ready to throw hands if necessary. The Memphis guard could clearly be seen saying “I can fight all right” to teammates during a timeout.
Ja Morant’s savage high five snub now effectively has its own promotion courtesy of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Morant scored a key basket late in Tuesday’s home win over Golden State and stared down a young fan wearing a Warriors jersey who wanted a high five. The moment went viral, as did Morant’s explanation, which included an offer to send the kid a Grizzlies jersey.
The Grizzlies’ promotional department knows gold when they see it, and within a day, they had already announced a promotion clearly inspired by Morant. On Wednesday, the Grizzlies announced a “New Year, New Jerseys” promotion for Thursday’s game, in which any kids 12 and under can exchange another NBA team’s jersey for a new replica Grizzlies jersey. Anyone swapping a jersey will also receive two tickets to the team’s game against Minnesota, and the donated jerseys will be donated to charity.
The Grizzlies are riding a ten-game win streak and are attracting national attention. Perhaps there are a few fans in the Memphis area who have been converted by the run, and Morant won’t have to snub their high fives if the opportunity presents itself.
When Ja Morant is in the zone, he has little tolerance for anything that gets in his way. That even includes little kids.
Morant led his Memphis Grizzlies to a big win on Tuesday night. He scored 29 points on 11/23 shooting to help his Grizzlies beat the visiting Golden State Warriors 116-108.
During the final 30 seconds, Morant drove to the basket and finished off an impressive layup despite being fouled. Morant was extra pumped up after making the basket and had his game-face on as he went towards the fans who were sitting behind the basket.
Morant encountered a young fan who was wearing a Warriors jersey and denied the young fan a high-five.
The most pro wrestling move at a Grizzlies game since the Randolph-Griffin choke slam: Ja Morant gets the hoop-and-harm and then stares down a little kid fan in a Warriors jersey.
The young fan may have had the opposing team’s jersey on but was still congratulating Morant on a great play.
Morant said after the game that the fan made a big mistake by wearing the wrong jersey. The young Grizzlies guard even wanted to track down the fan to send him a Memphis jersey.
Ja Morant: "He was disrespectful with that jersey on. We Memphis. It looked like he wanted to cheer, but he had that jersey on. I apologize to him, but in that moment, bro, take that jersey off and then dap me up. Somebody find his information. I’ll send him one myself." https://t.co/fzDa7rcqrv
Ja Morant left more than a few jaws on the floor with his ludicrous block against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. But it turns out that it is not Morant’s first time pulling off such a feat.
The Memphis Grizzlies star appeared to be wearing moon shoes when he soared into the heavens for a two-handed block on Lakers guard Avery Bradley in the first quarter. Check out a couple of the different angles.
Video then went viral on Monday of a similarly amazing two-handed block Morant had in college at Murray State. Twitter user John Antonelli found the video and put it side-by-side with Morant’s block against the Lakers.
Though he is just 6-foot-3, Morant looks like the single most athletic player in the NBA right now. He finished with 16 points and seven assists in the win over the Lakers, as Memphis improved to 28-14 on the year.
Ja Morant was a No. 2 overall pick, but he is definitely No. 1 overall when it comes to clowning the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Memphis Grizzlies point guard had one of his best games of the season on Wednesday against the Lakers, going off for 41 points and outdueling LeBron James in a 104-99 home win for the Grizz. After the game, Morant said it was sweet to send home all the Lakers fans who were in attendance.
“Good game, appreciate the fans rooting for us,” said Morant. “We got a lot of energy we could feed off during the game. Had big moments where we needed it. Even better to send all those yellow, gold, whatever color jerseys you wanna call home sad. You can take that back to L.A.”
For better or for worse, the Lakers have one of the most passionate fanbases in sports. Even during away games for them, you will often seen the crowd populated with the team’s purple and gold jerseys.
Ja Morant was not feeling a lot of love from his own fans as he made his return on Monday night.
The Memphis Grizzlies star returned to the lineup against the Oklahoma City Thunder after missing nearly a month with a knee injury. The Grizzlies trailed for much of the second half though and went on to lose 102-99.
After the loss, Morant expressed frustration with some comments that were made to him by Grizzlies fans sitting courtside.
“Even during the game, I was running down the court and I heard some of my fans courtside tell me I need to sit back out,” said Morant, per Drew Hill of the Daily Memphian. “So, I just don’t understand what they wanted to get out of that. I feel like that just makes it worse.
“I’m just frustrated,” added the former Rookie of the Year. “Normally, y’all have seen it, when anybody says something negative about me, it fuels me. But, tonight, the remarks from the fans actually hurt. I’m going to do what I normally do and bounce back and I’m very excited for this next game.”
But it was a frustrating defeat for the Grizzlies, who managed to go 10-2 in Morant’s absence. They also beat the Thunder by an all-time record margin in their last meeting. Still, that was definitely no way for the fans to treat Morant, the 22-year-old future of their franchise, in his first game back.
Ja Morant returned on Monday from his knee injury, and he had a message for the NBA.
Early in the second quarter of the Memphis Grizzlies’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Morant found Xavier Tillman for a fastbreak dunk. The Grizzlies point guard delivered a bounce pass to Tillman that went nearly from free throw line to free throw line. It was perfect.
After Tillman made the dunk, Morant shared his message for the league. “I’m back motherf—ers” he said.
The Memphis Grizzlies have been without guard Ja Morant for three weeks as of Friday. Fortunately for them, that will not be the case for much longer.
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said Friday that Morant, who suffered a knee injury on Nov. 26, is feeling good and very close to rejoining the team. Jenkins added that the Grizzlies are hopeful that Morant can rejoin them over the weekend.
Taylor Jenkins said Ja Morant is feeling great from an injury and illness standpoint and that they hope is for him to rejoin the team this weekend.
The Grizzlies play back-to-back home games Sunday and Monday against Portland and Oklahoma City. It sounds plausible that Morant could be back for at least one of those games.
Morant has missed 11 games, including Friday’s, stemming from the scary-looking injury he suffered less than a month ago. The Grizzlies were able to win nine of the ten games they have played without him, so his return should firmly entrench them as one of the stronger teams in the Western Conference.
What about that message is concerning? Well, Morant probably wouldn’t be asking for prayers if there weren’t concern that the injury might be serious.
Morant, 22, is in his third NBA season. The former Rookie of the Year winner entered Friday averaging 25.3 points, 7.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game this season. Memphis would be in big trouble if he had to miss time.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant suffered an apparent knee injury Friday night, and the nature of it looked very concerning.
Morant was dribbling into the lane during Friday’s game against Atlanta when he pulled up in obvious pain. Morant was unable to put any weight on his left leg and was clutching his knee. Morant appeared to bang his right knee with John Collins, but was clutching at his left leg after going down. The star guard had to be helped to the locker room.
Ja Morant clutching his knee before heading into the locker room is not a sight you wanna see.
There was no immediate word on the nature of Morant’s injury, but it certainly looked significant. The Grizzlies guard has dealt with left leg trouble before, as a significant left ankle sprain cost him roughly a month of action last season.
The 22-year-old Morant had looked to be embarking on a breakout campaign for the Grizzlies, having averaged 25.3 points and 7.1 assists in 18 games so far this season.