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Ja Morant will play in the Grizzlies vs. Pelicans game after serving his suspension.


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Star player for the Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant’s 25-game suspension for his handgun-related antics on social media was lifted on Tuesday, allowing him to play against the Pelicans in New Orleans (7:30 ET, TNT).

Ja Morant

Before Memphis’ most recent home game on Friday night, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins remarked, “He’s been awesome outside of not being able to play in the games.” “He has seized every chance to spend time with his teammates. He has been putting a lot of effort into the team and spending time with his teammates off the court.

Morant was allowed to travel, practice, and participate in morning shootarounds with the Grizzlies while serving his suspension. However, he was not allowed to watch games in an arena with his team.

According to Jenkins, over the past few weeks, the two-time NBA All-Star has participated in practices more and more. During games, Morant has also been video chatting with teammates.

He appears to be in a great place. Jenkins praised the way the player responded in the last few days during the 5-on-5 games. “He has spent the last few months getting ready for this. He has been putting a lot of effort into strengthening and conditioning his body, and the results are really impressive.

For the first time this season, Morant met with reporters on Friday. He said he was looking forward to getting back to his team and that he was counting down the days until he could.

Since he was first discovered flashing a gun on a social media livestream on March 4, the 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year, 2022 Most Improved Player, and No. 2 pick overall in the 2019 draft has been suspended for a total of 33 games.

Knowing that off-court problems had an impact on the Grizzlies’ season, Morant first admitted to reporters that he needed to make better decisions after the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated Memphis from the playoffs in April. A team that finished the regular season with a second consecutive No. 2 seed in the Western Conference was eliminated after just six games.

Two weeks later, in a livestream video, Morant was seen holding up a gun while singing with friends. After considering all the factors, Silver told Morant of the second suspension and additional actions he needed to take.

This involved holding weekly meetings with the National Basketball Players Association and the NBA office.

When he returns to the Memphis team, it is a very different one than the one he played for in April.
These Grizzlies are among the worst teams in the NBA thus far this season due to their terrible injury record. After losing 116-97 in Oklahoma City on Monday night, they are on a five-game losing streak going into Tuesday night’s game.



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