“You Don’t Realize You’re Drowning!”: Weeks After Warning Ja Morant Over ‘Dumb Decision’, Shaquille O’Neal Uses Him to Share Deep Message

Published 04/09/2023, 11:37 AM EDT

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Ja Morant‘s trajectory this season has been quite intriguing, to say the least. The Memphis Grizzlies superstar was in the MVP conversations in the early months of the season. However, after indulging in some off-court controversies, Morant ended up in a lot of hot water. NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal covered the Ja Morant saga extensively and relayed a lot of potent advice for the youngster to improve his life. However, Shaq has recently used Morant to underline another deep message.

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Weeks after the entire incident, Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaq shared an interesting video featuring Morant on his Instagram account. Interestingly, this time he wasn’t bashing the 2020 Rookie of the Year for his controversial acts.

Shaquille O’Neal shares a nugget of truth from Ja Morant

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Shaq has over 30 million followers on Instagram alone. Despite the numbers and his busy schedule, the Hall of Famer is quite interactive with his fans, always finding ways to keep them entertained. Recently, he shared an insightful piece of advice from Morant on his Instagram account.

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In the reel shared by Shaq, Morant can be seen saying, “You don’t realize you’re drowning when you’re trying to be everyone else’s anchor. Sometimes you gotta, you know, put yourself first, like your health no matter what it is like.”

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“I’m always making sure everybody else straight but sometimes I gotta, you know, worry about myself,” the Grizzlies star added.

This comes just weeks after Shaq had brutally bashed Morant following his ‘gun’ incident. The two-time NBA All-Star seemingly displayed a firearm during an Instagram live session. Subsequently, the league launched an investigation into the matter and suspended Morant for eight games. Shaq had labeled the entire incident as ‘dumb’. Moreover, he also asserted that Ja Morant has no excuses for his mistake, while questioning his actions.

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Morant hit the ground running after his suspension

Ja Morant returned to action on the 23rd of March against the Houston Rockets. Coming off the bench, the 2022 Most Improved Player scored 17 points in 24 minutes. The Grizzlies have only lost 3 games of the 10 after Morant’s return.

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In the last 10 games, Morant has averaged 20.7 points, 7.6 assists, and 5.1 rebounds. With only one game remaining in the NBA regular season, the Grizzlies will count on Morant to keep on delivering. As of now, the Grizzlies have secured a playoff berth and are awaiting their opponents in the postseason.

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What are your predictions for the Memphis Grizzlies this season? Let us know in the comments down below.

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