Ending 234 Days of Horror, Ja Morant Returns to NBA With a New 3-Lettered Tattoo

Published 12/20/2023, 11:53 AM EST

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The majority of 2023 has been nothing short of a transformative and enlightening journey for Ja Morant. Due to his repetitive immature actions, the NBA imposed a 25-game suspension without pay on Morant. After 234 days of absence, Morant finally returned to the NBA court. In a storybook-like comeback, Morant made a spectacular entry, delivering 34 points in just 35 minutes. To make it all about ‘him,’ he narrated the climax with a game-winning buzzer-beater doing what he does best, taking it to the basket and soaring into the air.

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In the post-game interview, Ja Morant made sure to attribute his success to God, emphasizing his newfound allegiance with the forces up above. As fans and fellow athletes buzz with excitement about Morant’s transformed personality on and off the court, there’s also a new element for those who admire the ink on their favorite superstar.

Ja Morant has a new tattoo on his return to the NBA

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Even amid his suspension, Morant kept his fans updated with snippets from his life, from sharing his latest Spotify discoveries to giving back to his alma mater. However, during Morant’s orchestration of his cinematic return, fans inadvertently overlooked a significant addition to Morant’s life–a new tattoo. Both the Memphis Grizzlies and SportsCenter on Instagram shared a recent image of Morant, revealing the dorsal side of his right hand adorned with the word “Him.”

 

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The tattoo has stirred mixed reactions among fans. While some warmly embrace it, others criticize it as detached from reality. Morant, strategically choosing his battles on the court during his return, adjusted his approach when faced with difficulties in jump shots. With this adaptability, it’s only a matter of a few games for Morant to shift the fan apprehensions in his favor.

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Morant also debuted unreleased sneakers

Adding to the excitement, Morant utilized flashlights to unveil an unreleased pair of his signature Nike sneakers. Presenting a variation of Nike Ja 1, Morant wore an unseen striking white and gold colorway. Nike consistently goes above and beyond with the Ja 1 series, using it as a strategic move to surpass the speed breaker that came with canceling collaborations with Kyrie Irving. Morant’s signature line made a strong debut, with both the silhouette and colorways garnering positive responses from fans and even athletes.

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It is unconfirmed if Ja’s shoes from his season debut will hit the shelves. However, the Nike Ja 1 Scratch colorway and a Chinese New Year edition will be released in the coming days.

What are your thoughts on Morant’s return? Let us know in the comments.

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Saahil Dhillan

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