Davis: You helped the Grizzlies have this unexpectedly good season when people kind of thought it was going be a rebuilding year. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Davis: Obviously, you guys wanted to make the playoffs, I'm sure, but were you relieved at all to leave the bubble after being there for almost a month and a half? The second pick of the 2019 draft, Morant led the upstart Memphis Grizzlies to within a game of the playoffs, battling through the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA's bubble in Disney World, and the deep Western Conference. 1 player. You always have to be confident in yourself, but also humble. There are portions of the basketball community that are afraid of the way you land because you jump so high, you have these acrobatic plays. He also plugged his new partnership with BodyArmor, as he became an equity partner and ambassador for the sports drink. Disclaimer:i do not own anything this vedio CREDIT to the Rightful owner For entertainment only! Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters I'm working to be that, but I just go out and play my game. I recommend sitting down before firing it up. since. Ja Morant: Mine was, waking up, eating breakfast, getting ready. What will stand out to you? Alas, it’s never going to happen, but we can always dream. Homepage Mock Drafts. Different ways to land where you can maybe avoid injury or anything? Ja Morant (Credit: Screenshot/Twitter Video https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/status/1087066143867707392). You can really do whatever you want on those days. So, obviously, you know, that's something we didn't expect. Mainly probably ask questions if they need any help with anything. Morant spoke to Insider about his rookie season, the bubble experience, and a new partnership with BodyArmor. Scott Davis: Could you take me through what a typical day in the bubble was like, particularly on a game day, from waking up to the games? We just got to learn from this season, work hard in the offseason, and prepare for next season. In the process, Morant averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 assists per game, making him the favorite to win Rookie of the Year. Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters. After that, go back to the room. We have team meetings in the morning to go over film and the scout. Source: Barring the unexpected, Memphis Grizzlies front office and ownership appear to have locked in on selecting Ja Morant with the No. And then after that, it's straight to the game. Everybody wore masks. Ja Morant. Then eat lunch and then get ready for the bus. That concerned his father who then used an unconventional method to train him. Even guys like LeBron James, James Harden, Luka Doncic are basically point guards now. Brandon Dill/AP Images. Morant: I'd probably say just stay the course, continue to work, ask questions. Morant: I feel like we kind of embraced the underdog mentality. Account active Ja Morant DraftExpress Profile: scouting reports, videos, stats and logs. Davis: On the court, you create these high-flying electric plays. D raft E xpress. You guys came out hot and nearly made the playoffs. The man legitimately soared through the air like he was a missile fired from a submarine. The following interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length. Subscriber Ja Morant and the Grizzlies defied expectations this year. Then eat lunch and then get ready for the bus. And then after that, it's straight to the game. I can’t wait to see Morant does in the NBA. We just gotta make sure we're continuing to work and continue to grow as a unit. All the videos, songs, images, and graphics used in … Menu. (RELATED: Duke Basketball Star Zion Williamson Throws Down 360 Dunk Against Clemson), (via @MSURacers) pic.twitter.com/UMAoO9m25e, — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 20, 2019. It’s just not natural, and yet, Morant does it without a problem of any kind. Obviously, you know, now having a daughter and my fam, I was able to get back and see them — that was a plus for me. How did he do it? I just go out there and play. Morant: Honestly, I don't know. Looking for smart ways to get more from life? After that, go back to the room. I definitely went there to win. He clearly has the athleticism to stick around. Humans shouldn’t be able to jump like that. I mean, I've been playing like this my whole life, so I honestly don't pay attention to what people say. I don't have any friends inside the four lines. Are you aware that people are nervous about the way you land? Morant: I've been a fan of BodyArmor before, but you know, just seeing their growth the past a couple of months, years, I feel like they kind of have like the same mindset as me when I'm on the basketball court. Murray State guard Ja Morant threw down an insane dunk during warmups Saturday against SIUE. What was it like to be proving people wrong, trying to defy expectations? It would be the best money I ever spent in my life. So I felt like the bubble was good. I feel like they did a good job with the bubble this year. We know exactly know what it takes now to make the playoffs. Did anything stick with you? Morant: Honestly, I don't care. There wasn't a lot of people who, once inside the bubble, who got COVID-19. Davis: You're a young star athlete, probably the NBA Rookie of the Year. It's surprising, but it's what we had to do. Davis: There are so many talented point guards in the Western Conference. Morant took off from about 10 feet away from the rim and just soared to the hoop. Morant: I mean, it's definitely gonna be a wild moment every time I think about this season. Davis: Did you like having games during the day or at night better? (RELATED: Murray State Basketball Player Ja Morant Throws Down Insane Dunk Over Defender), A post shared by Ja Morant (@igotgame12_) on Jan 20, 2019 at 10:41am PST. Davis: What was the best piece of advice you got from a veteran in the league, whether it was business advice, financial advice, just handling your off-court life? Subscribe to our daily newsletter to get more of it. Morant: It really didn't matter. What made you choose to become a partner with BodyArmor? 2 overall in next weeks NBA Draft, behind only Duke’s Zion Williamson. I still live by that. I assume you've probably had a lot of business opportunities to choose from. I think I was just excited to play, so I really didn't pay attention to the time. Murray State’s Ja Morant is well known throughout the country. How will you remember this season? Davis: What do you think about the speculation that the NBA might have to do a bubble again next season, given that the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing? That's really about it. But the goal always was to go out there and win. I’m not talking like he simply jumped. For me, I had a lot of guys that helped me out if I had any questions. I normally get film on whoever I'm guarding and watching them. Disclaimer:i do not own anything this vedio CREDIT to the Rightful owner For entertainment only!All the videos, songs, images, and graphics used in the video belong to their respective owners and I or this channel does not claim any right over them. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing.” I'm pretty sure if you had asked anybody who's in the league right now at the beginning of the season whether they think they would be ending the season in Orlando in a bubble at Disney, everybody would have said no. Do you think you'll look back on it happily, or will it be kind of a crazy memory? Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research.
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