Memphis Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant just concluded his best NBA season yet. Not only did he win the league’s Most Improved Player of the year award, but he also averaged a career-high 27.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists a game — which could also be considered MVP numbers. Morant led the Grizzlies to the semi-conference finish but failed to conquer the eventual champions, the Golden State Warriors.
Despite the early Playoff exit, Morant and the Grizzlies still underachieved, and at this point, it’s safe to consider the 22-yeard-old as a rising star in the league. Not only is he a walking highlight real, but Morant possesses confidence like no other superstar in the league. His confidence is a massive reason Ja finds himself in the current position.
Overconfident or just enough confidence?
However, there comes the point where having too much confidence can impact one’s ego. Morant’s belief in himself (which, again, isn’t wrong at all) is why he won’t back down from any challenge, whether on the court, where he gets up and close with his opponents or on Twitter, where he argues with Draymond Green. It’s got to a point where Ja has continuously raised some eyebrows with his latest statements — this one included:
“I wish I would’ve played in his [Michael Jordan’s] generation, though,” Morant told Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks.“Just how he go about the game, that mindset he had … I would like to play against him. … I would’ve cooked him, too,” Morant added. “Nobody got more confidence than 12,” he continued. “I’m never go and say nobody gon’ beat me in one-on-one or anything.”
Morant’s recent statement was a shocker for many because it’s very rare for a rising player to go out on a limb by telling the world they can beat , who many dubbed the greatest basketball player of all time. Nevertheless, Morant probably doesn’t care what people think about his recent statement because he has the confidence to keep believing he can beat Jordan 1-on-1.
Morant’s recent statement was a shocker for many because it’s very rare for a rising player to go out on a limb by telling the world they can beat Jordan, who many dubbed the greatest basketball player of all time. Nevertheless, Morant probably doesn’t care what people think about his recent statement because he has the confidence to keep believing he can beat Jordan 1-on-1.
Is Ja chirping too much?
As mentioned above, this isn’t the first time Morant has publicly trash-talked. On social media, trash-talk is regular on the menu for Morant. He also recently said the Grizzlies live rent-free in the Warriors’ head just because the latter addressed Memphis during their championship press conferences. All of these beg to ask one question: Is Morant going overboard with his trash-talk as of late?
One can argue that he isn’t because that’s how Morant’s confidence rolls. One can also say that Morant’s chirping too much, especially for someone that has yet to win a championship. Morant may only be in the league for 3 years, but one thing’s for sure: Ja already believes that he’s the best player in basketball.