Expectations skyrocket in Grizzlies’ Ja Morant 3rd season | Basketball
What other coaches are saying:
—Steve Kerr. The Golden State coach thinks Morant’s confidence is at an all-time high.
“We caught him last year on kind of a lull, and he struggled in a few games when we were here,” Kerr said. “Even though he’s been great over the year, I think he’s (consistent) night after night and that’s a sign of a real top player, which he is.”
Morant has spent the offseason working on his game, especially his 3-point shooting. He’s shooting a career-best 35.5 percent from beyond the arc.
— Detroit coach Dwane Casey. He grew up in Kentucky and heard former Murray State coach Tevester Anderson rave about Morant.
“The young man can carry a game,” Casey said. “He can control a game with the basketball. He’s smart, he’s brave, he’s tough, so that’s what you’re most worried about about the Memphis Grizzlies right now.
– Minnesota coach Chris Finch. He calls Morant fearless and a weird shooter who can make tough shots.
“At the end of the game, he can make tough shots, make contact, make good play,” Finch said. “He can reach the rim and make the shot in the paint and has great closing ability. The athletic package, speed and size. There’s a lot to admire in what he does.