‘Keep Ya Head Up’: Ja Morant’s Humility Wins The Hearts Of Even The Lakers Fans After His Stellar Performance At Staples Center

Published 10/25/2021, 2:08 PM EDT
Oct 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) passes a ball during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The Lakers won 121-118. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports


Ja Morant had an outstanding game last night against the Los Angeles Lakers. However, he failed to convert a game-tying free throw after such an inspirational performance. While this game marked the landmark achievement for the Lakers’ Carmelo Anthony, it was Ja Morant that won over the crowd at Staples Center.

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Morant scored 40 points and dished out 10 assists while carrying his team’s offense to keep up with the Lakers. If it were not for some clutch shots made from Carmelo Anthony, Ja Morant would’ve successfully led his team to a victory over the Lakers. In a time where the Lakers fans should celebrate Carmelo’s landmark achievement, they also sympathized with Morant’s loss.

This is how Morant reacted to his loss and look at how the fans responded to that.

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Lakers Fans respond to an impressive performance by Ja Morant

With 2.6 seconds left on the clock, Morant got a three-point shooting foul from an inbound play. If Morant had made all three free throws, he would’ve tied the game and sent it to overtime. However, he, unfortunately, missed the last free throw that brought a stellar performance to a disappointing end.

He took to Twitter to express his humility and what he has learned from this game. However, fans including Lakers supporters had too much sympathy and respect for his nerve-wracking performance. Therefore, it can be said that while the Lakers won the game, Morant won their fans’ hearts.

What does this mean for Ja Morant and the Grizzlies?

Ja Morant has displayed a glimpse of his potential and he is slowly becoming a fan-favorite for a future MVP discussion. However, for now, it’s onto the next one for the Grizzlies. Since it was only a first-week regular-season game, this loss would not really affect the franchise.

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Oct 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) looking to pass against Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Nevertheless, it would still heavily impact Ja Morant’s confidence. Whether positively or negatively is a question of his mental maturity. Consequently, if he maintains this consistency, then we are definitely looking at a future MVP in the making.

Is Ja Morant the key to the future success of the Memphis Grizzlies? Can he help this franchise make a deep playoff run? If he maintains this consistency, it’s more a question of when than if.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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