With the return of the NBA, we also saw an immediate return of some bold takes.
Tee Morant, the father of rookie sensation Ja Morant, expressed supreme confidence in his son’s team during an interview with the Scoop B Radio Podcast.
When asked if he would like to see a first-round matchup between the Lakers and the Grizzlies, the senior Morant did not waver in his response.
“I like us. We goin’ fight. I mean, whether victorious or not we’re gonna fight, you know? So Lakers? Yeah. Bring the Lakers! Bring my newfound friends, LeBron and AD! I’m good with that,” he said.
Morant bestowed superlatives upon the young team, referring to the players as “scrappy” and “willing to go to war with anyone.”
He also believed that Memphis has the personnel to counter Los Angeles’ superstars, with Jaren Jackson Jr. taking on Davis and Dillion Brooks pairing with James.
Above all, he had the utmost belief in his son to do the unthinkable.
“I like #12 against the world…this ain’t going to be a walk in the park.”
Potential Upset in the Making?
Despite sitting three games below .500, the Grizzlies currently hold the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
Should they remain in their respective positions, this means the promising but inexperienced Grizzlies would take on the Lakers.
By no means should any team in the playoffs be counted out before the series starts.
With the COVID-19 pandemic throwing the NBA for a loop too, there is no telling what could happen in a seven-game contest.
With that said, Memphis has the odds stacked against them, as they went 1-3 against the Lakers this season.
Furthermore, in the history of the NBA Playoffs, only five teams playing from the eighth-seed have defeated the first seed.
This feat was accomplished most recently in 2012 when the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Chicago Bulls in six games.
But first and foremost, the Grizzlies need to hold up their end of the bargain.
The Lakers have already established themselves as the top seed and will likely stay that way until the postseason.
If Tee Morant wants to see Memphis challenge the 16-time champion, though, they need to fend off a slew of teams for the last playoff spot.