Following the Los Angeles Clippers' loss against the Memphis Grizzlies yesterday night, Paul George had only words of praise for the young superstar Ja Morant. PG's 41-point monster performance wasn't enough to secure a win against the young and potent Grizzlies squad.
During the post-game press conference, George went as far as to compare Ja Morant to prime Derrick Rose. PG talked about Morant's ability to adjust in mid-air and just his freakish athleticism overall that reminds him of Rose; here's the clip of the segment in question.
Prime Derrick Rose was a freak of nature; he was arguably pound-for-pound best athlete ever to dribble a basketball. His sheer explosiveness and aggressiveness were unmatched. Unfortunately, that kind of playing style is usually troublesome for the joints, to say the least. And as we all know, his body didn't hold up. However, D Rose managed to bounce back from several major knee injuries and has transformed into an instrumental veteran role player for the New York Knicks.
While I like the Rose-Morant comparison, DRose was slightly more athletic than Morant. Remember that dunk on Dragic? I've never seen Morant pull of anything comparable. Ja is a bit more skilled with the rock and slightly edges Rose with his ability to facilitate and find teammates. Memphis is 2-0, and Morant is currently averaging 32.5 points per game; two games are too small of a sample size, but the kid is on a great trajectory to become a legend of the game if he keeps doing what he's doing.
Paul George has been quite supportive towards the 'young bloods' coming into the league. In the past, he's given props to Luka, Lonzo, Zion, Giannis, and Middleton, among others. It's is always great to see a player of his caliber respect the games of the younger generations coming in; I guess, game will always recognize game.