OhJa: The Story of Ja Morant

OhJa: The Story of Ja Morant

Michael Jordan, Vince Carter, Aaron Gordon. Those are just a few names of players that have electrified the NBA throughout the years. But what if I told you there was one player down in Memphis who is quietly making his mark as the next NBA superstar? That superstar, of course, is Memphis grizzlies point guard Ja Morant.

Born Temetrius Jamel Morant (or Ja for short), Morant’s love for basketball was already implanted in his DNA from a very young age. His mother, Jamie and his father, Tee both played basketball in high school and college. His mother was a dual sport athlete, playing basketball and softball, while his father was a high school teammate of Ray Allen, and went on to play at Claflin University. However, both their dreams were cut short because Morant’s mother became pregnant with Ja leading both his parents to give up their dreams, and as a result, his father became a barber instead.

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Morant began to train with his father, practicing dunks, layups, and drives to the paint. Fast forward a few years, he was able to play with the AAU team in Columbia, South Carolina, known as the green hornets. He got his first taste of playing an actual game there. He often faced older opponents but wasn’t scared and didn’t back down from the challenge. Certainly a step in the right direction for what would become one of the biggest NBA stars of this generation.

In college, Morant dominated just about everything he played. From his electrifying steals to electrifying dunks, he made the Murray State Racers a must-watch on TV. Since LeBron James have I seen anything close to anything like it. He won the award for most assists in the league, as well as MVP of the league multiple times. And that was all before he made his mark known in the NBA.

He made his NBA debut with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2019, signing a four-year contract worth $39.6 million dollars. He notched his first career triple-double on February 9, 2020, in a game against the Washington wizards. This was only the start of what would become something equivalent to Linsanity. He truly is a special player to watch. You are definitely getting your money’s worth every time you step into the FedEx Forum. I would gladly spend my money to purchase a ticket. What you are getting is in experience, one in and of itself, all for one player. From game-winning daggers to just his ability with the ball, the experience is unexpected each and every time. That’s what makes it worth it.

In closing, I hope you take some time to see it for yourself, and you settle in as there are many sites to visit. Turn on ESPN and enjoy the show. And if you’re late to the party, you needn’t worry, For it is just getting started.

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