The Memphis Grizzlies guard, Ja Morant is one of the hottest players in the league, and one of their best players. The Grizzlies drafted Morant as the 2nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He is aspiring to be a great player and is already famous for his ferociousness at the rim. In his first season with the Grizzlies, he walked away with the Rookie of the Year. He will make his second NBA All-Star appearance.
His capabilities on the ball and passing are a joy to watch, but most excitingly he is a world-class dunker. With the NBA Dunk Contest last year being a bust, many called upon Ja Morant to teach his ways with the rim. This season he is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 assists, and 5.8 rebounds. With his efforts, the Grizzlies are having some of the best years with him. Currently, the Grizzlies are 2nd in the Western Conference and look likely to go deep into the playoffs.
How did Ja Morant get the nickname ‘Black Jesus’?
Great players are often given a nickname by the fans and pundits, however, this is not the case with Ja Morant. Ja’s nickname, “Black Jesus”, is often synonymous with the greatest basketball player, Michael Jordan. Jordan is also called ‘Black Jesus’, however, Morant now refers to himself as the ‘Black Jesus. , and there is an incident that shows why he calls himself that.
The Black Jesus aka Ja Morant just made a waitress’s day by tipping her $500 💰
Her reaction says it all 😇
(🎥 via @shotbynie , H/T @DrewHill_DM)pic.twitter.com/oBdw9fGrsA
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) July 5, 2022
In July of 2022, Ja Morant made headlines after a video of him tipping a waitress $500 went viral. It was a heartwarming moment for the waitress, who was in disbelief after meeting him. However, fans took notice of how Ja refers to himself as “Black Jesus.” The waitress questions if he is some kind of athlete, and Ja replies “basketball“. The waitress asks him, “are you going to play in the NBA?” Ja replies “I’m already in the NBA.” It’s at that moment she realizes who she is talking to.
The waitress couldn’t contain her excitement and ran back to the kitchen in joy. It definitely made the waitress’ day and had many fans loving the moment. It definitely caught on with Ja and the nickname is sticking with him. However, he is often called by his first name, Ja. This season, Ja is definitely leading the Grizzlies to the playoffs if he is healthy enough. Morant is suffering from grade 2 ankle strain after his explosive dunks we are entertained with.
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