Ja Morant fan stare-down prompts Memphis Grizzlies to launch jersey swap

Grizzlies star Ja Morant and his team aim to support the next generation of young people, as long as they support Memphis.

In Tuesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors, Morant grabbed the headlines for his late-game celebration – or lack of it – involving a young Warriors fan.

After scoring a bucket in the last minute of Memphis’ 116-108 win over Golden State which included a and-1 foul, he refused to raise the spectator’s outstretched hand, staring instead.

Morant commented on the interaction at a post-game press conference, joking: “He was disrespectful with this jersey” and offered to send the fan a Grizzlies jersey.

He also acknowledged the moment on social media.

Heading into Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and with the Grizzlies winning, young Memphis fans will have the opportunity to officially jump on the bandwagon.

The team posted on their Twitter account on Wednesday that they would allow children 12 and under to swap an opposing player’s jersey for a replica of Morant or Jaren Jackson Jr. The swap also includes two tickets to the game. of the Grizzlies vs. the T-Wolves.

The promotion comes amid a streak in which the Grizzlies, led by Morant, have won their last 10 games. The third-year goaltender has averaged career highs in points, field goal percentage, 3 point percentage and rebounds this season. Morant is currently third among Western Conference long distance players in the All-Star vote, according to NBA.com.

Morant’s game this season – with rising Jackson Jr. stars Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane – places the Grizzlies in third place in a competitive Western Conference with a 29-14 record.

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