Grizzlies’ Ja Morant has his priorities straight: ‘I’m here to handle business’
Ja Morant appears he’s going to be a superstar for the Memphis Grizzlies for the next decade or so assuming he stays healthy.
The second overall pick in last year’s draft only cares about one thing, and that’s winning games for the Grizzlies.
During an interview with Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine, the new Grizzlies franchise star said he has no interest in fame:
Yet, even as 12 straightens his headband and glares into the camera, he is clear about his priorities with the Grizzlies fighting for the final Western Conference playoff spot:
“I’m not here for the fame or none of that,” Ja Morant said. “I don’t want it at all, honestly. I’m here to handle business.”
Before the NBA suspended the season, Morant was the front-runner for the 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
In 59 games for the Grizzlies this campaign, Morant is averaging 17.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 30.0 minutes per contest. The 20-year-old South Carolina native is shooting 49.1 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.0 percent from the free-throw line.
The Grizzlies were in the 8th spot in the rugged Western Conference standings before the coronavirus pandemic forced the NBA to suspend play. Ja has led Memphis to a record of 32-33.
Hopefully, the NBA resumes play in July or August. Basketball fans are eager to see Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and the rest of the youngsters on the Grizzlies face off against LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. That would be the matchup if the 2020 postseason is played.