“I see greatness, I see a once in a lifetime talent, I see a lot of myself in him as far as fearlessness”: Allen Iverson cannot stop gushing about Ja Morant

Arjun Julka
|Published 01/05/2022

NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson calls Ja Morant a generational talent, adding he sees a lot of himself in the Grizzlies guard.

Ja Morant is making significant strides in the NBA, especially with his performances this season. Recently crowned the Most Improved Player, Ja has shown us glimpses of a potential superstar. Big 12 has put the Grizzlies franchise on the global map.

Standing at 6″3′ the Memphis guard has surpassed the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic, and Joel Embiid in points in the paint during the regular season, averaging 16.6 PITP. In only his 3rd season, Ja is on his way to becoming the most successful player in Grizzlies franchise history.

Whether it’s becoming the first guard to lead the league in PITP or the Grizzlies having the most successful season since the inception of the franchise, Ja has been rewriting the franchise history of the Grizzlies on a nightly basis.

Also read: “Ja Morant is one of the chosen ones!”: Sixers’ legend Allen Iverson showers praise on Grizzlies’ star after his game-winner against Minnesota last night

Ja’s freakish athleticism and ability to finish at the rim have many compare him to a young Allen Iverson and Derrick Rose, something the Grizzlies guard takes as a huge compliment.

During a recent appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, The Answer showered Big 12 with praises and why he believes Ja can change the game in so many ways.

Allen Iverson agrees with the notion of Ja Morant’s game bearing a resemblance to that of his.

The 2021-22 season has been a breakthrough year for Ja, putting the league on notice with his display of sheer brilliance on the hardwood. The 22-year-old has earned praises from the best, but one legend who continues to show his appreciation towards the Grizzlies guard is AI.

When asked what does he see in Ja Morant, Iverson had the following to say.

“I see greatness, I see a once in a lifetime talent, I see a lot of myself in him as far as fearlessness. Him being a competitor, him just being a killer that could change the game in so many ways. I see someone that his teammates love and they follow and believe in.”

(13:08 mark)

The Sixers MVP has been an advocate of Ja’s talent for a while now, showing his appreciation towards the Grizzlies guard in several ways.

Post eliminating the T-Wolves in the first round, Ja was captured attending the 6th annual Iverson Classic All-American game at Bartlett High School.

Also read: “Ja Morant makes everyone on the court better, even his opponents!”: Nets’ Kevin Durant gasses up the Grizzlies’ star, compares him to Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson

It’s great to see AI be so encouraging of young talent, willing to take them under his wing.


About the author
Arjun Julka

Arjun Julka

Arjun Julka is a NBA author at The SportsRush. Basketball isn’t just a sport for this 26-year-old, who hails from Mumbai. He began watching the sport after stumbling upon a court in his society, helping him identify an undiscovered passion for the game of hoops. Now an ardent fan, Arjun supports Stephen Curry and the Warriors but also enjoys watching Giannis Antetokounmpo own the paint. When it comes to the GOAT debate, the TSR author feels LeBron James is yet to receive a lot of his due but cannot deny marveling at Michael Jordan’s resume.

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