Grizzlies news: Ja Morant on why he doesn't fear anyone
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Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant reveals why he doesn’t fear anyone on the basketball court

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Before he entered the NBA as the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant said his favorite player was Houston Rockets superstar Russell Westbrook.

Morant said he liked Westbrook’s “all-around game” and the fact that Russ never backed down from anyone, an attitude Grizzlies fans love to see from their own players.

Since making his NBA debut, Morant has shown a level of ferocity and passion for the game we haven’t seen from a point guard since Westbrook came into the NBA. The new Grizzlies floor general says he will never be afraid of anyone who is on the same court as him:

“I always had that mindset,” Morant told Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine. “I feel like there’s no reason to fear anybody. They put their shoes and stuff on the same way you do.

“We just can’t get satisfied now. We still have a half a season to go. Still got places we can get better in. We’re just going to stay locked in and continue to do what we do. Go out and compete each and every night, continue to play together and just try to get better in places that we know we need to get better in to help us come out with more wins.”

These comments from Morant came before the NBA suspended play because of the coronavirus outbreak. Ja had the Grizzlies in the 8th spot in the Western Conference standings before Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus and the NBA suspended the season indefinitely.

Morant averaged 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 10.0 assists for Murray State last season, and he’s been pretty stellar for the Grizzlies as a rookie. Ja is putting up 17.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.9 assists. He’s also shooting 49.1 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.0 percent from the free-throw line.