MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Friday was a big day for Grizz Nation as Memphis welcomes its newest citizen, Ja Morant.
The Memphis Grizzlies held a news conference to introduce the new team member, who was also the second overall pick in the NBA Draft.
The Grizzlies are introducing the dawn of a new era of NBA basketball in Memphis with Morant, and the recent trade of Mike Conley.
They’re starting anew, around Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. And it’s a lot to put on the shoulders of 19-year-olds.
“I don’t think it’s no pressure, but obviously I have some big shoes to fill from Mike Conley. He’s a great player, I wish him the best, and I just want to thank the Memphis Grizzlies as a whole for believing in me and having that trust in me to pick me and put me in the position that I’m in,” said Morant.
Morant wasn’t the Grizzlies only first-round pick, but because their trade for Gonzaga-product Brandon Clarke will not be official until July 6th, they were not able to introduce their 21st overall pick Friday.