It didn’t take long before Memphis Grizzlies’ star Ja Morant proved to be one of the most talented young players on Earth.
Besides his talents, speed, and unmatched athleticism, his competitive drive and relentless determination to one-up every single rival made him a born leader.
But as positive as that’s been for the Grizzlies as they transition into a new era, it may not always sit well with other teams.
Ja is as confident as there is, and sometimes he might come out a little arrogant.
That was on full display again last week when he claimed he ‘was good’ in the West, claiming no other team in the Conference was a threat to the Grizzlies.
Notably, NBA analyst Shannon Sharpe didn’t care for those comments, and he didn’t hesitate to call him and the Grizzlies out for doing a lot of talking:
“Grizzlies do a lot of talking for a team that hasn’t won anything,” Sharpe said on Undisputed. “Not just Ja, but all of them. A lot of yapping and a lot of yacking. What have they won? The last time the Grizz made a Western Conference finals, Ja Morant was 13. And he talking like they go to the Western Conference and go to the NBA Finals every year. What you mean you good? Did I miss something?”
Ja Morant says he’s “fine in the West” when asked which teams concern him:
“Grizzlies do a lot of talking for a team that hasn’t won anything. The last time the Grizz made a Western Conference Finals, Ja Morant was 13. Did I miss something?” — @ShannonSharpe pic.twitter.com/g3AiWbZ5r6
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) December 22, 2022
Sharpe has a valid point right there.
The Grizzlies are far ahead of schedule in terms of their rebuild, and they most definitely look like a big threat for years to come.
But as good as they’ve been since Morant entered the league, they haven’t even reached the NBA Finals, let alone the WCF.
As of now, the Grizzlies are sitting on the second-best record in the West, so they’ll have to put their money where their mouth is come playoff time.