Morant’s bold claim is aging terribly after Wild West shakeup originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Draymond Green had a quick response on Jan. 5 to Ja Morant’s “I’m fine out West” comment, and just over a month later, the rest of the Western Conference delivered their own strong message.
In a December interview with ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Morant boldly ignored the Warriors and other Western Conference foes when asked which team he saw as the Memphis Grizzlies’ biggest threat this season.
Currently seeded No. 2 in the West, the Grizzlies (33-21) have lost eight of their last 10 games and are just two games ahead of a surprising Sacramento Kings (31-23) in the Western Conference. crowded. Who would have thought? Certainly not Morant.
As if Memphis’ path through the conference wasn’t already rocky, a wild few days before the NBA’s trade deadline sent shockwaves throughout the West.
The Dallas Mavericks, who outlasted the Grizzlies in the playoffs last season, completed a blockbuster trade for Kyrie Irving on Sunday, giving Dallas an elite scorer to partner with MVP candidate Luka Dončić. The Los Angeles Lakers followed suit, trading for Minnesota Timberwolves sniper D’Angelo Russell on Wednesday.
Oh, but that was not all.
Late Wednesday night, the Phoenix Suns shocked the NBA with a seismic move for superstar Kevin Durant, outfitting another Western Conference team with one of the game’s elite weapons.
It wasn’t long before Morant’s previous comments resurfaced on Twitter.
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It looks like Morant and the Grizzlies might not be as successful in the West as they originally thought.
Already trailing the No. 1-seeded Denver Nuggets by four and a half games, the Grizzlies will now have to fend off revamped Mavericks and Suns squads, as well as potential challenges from the Kings and Los Angeles Clippers. Not to mention the ever looming threat that the Pelicans, Timberwolves and New Orleans Warriors still possess.
And then there’s the playoffs, where the Warriors shine the brightest. It’ll be fun.
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