Grizzlies news: Ja Morant reminds Dillon Brooks of Derrick Rose
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Ja Morant reminds Dillon Brooks of Derrick Rose

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks says rookie point guard Ja Morant reminds him of Derrick Rose.

Like Rose, Morant is a competitor who works hard day in and day out to become the best player he can be. Rose became the youngest MVP in NBA history by winning the award in just his third season in the NBA with his hometown Chicago Bulls. The former No. 1 overall pick accomplished that feat by working and training religiously.

Brooks says the Grizzles are in good hands with Morant since his work ethic is off the charts as well:

“He reminds me of Derrick Rose,” Brooks told Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Heavy about Morant. “You know, he’s a competitor. He goes in every day and puts in the work. On and off the court, he puts in the work and he understands that he is the head of the snake and he’s taken everything associated with it.

“He’s our franchise player, he can get to the rim, he can jump out the gym, you didn’t see it tonight but he can shoot the three. But he still has to learn the game, still has to study the game a little more, and understand that each one of these games is a test for us to see where we’re at, where we have to get better, and understand that the way we got into this position is by working hard and competing every single time we come out on the floor.”

Morant is trying to win the Rookie of the Year Award like Rose did back in 2009. Ja is averaging 17.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.9 assists for the Grizzlies in 53 games. He’s shooting 48.9 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Morant has the speed with which Hall of Famer Allen Iverson played with during his career. The Grizzlies guard, however, also plays above the rim like Russell Westbrook and MVP D-Rose.