Everything Ja Morant said at the Memphis Grizzlies' end-of-season media availability.  

First, he was suspended for the first 25 games of the season due to conduct detrimental to the league.   

Then, after returning with a game-winning shot against the Pelicans, he appeared in just nine games before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury.  

That setback, part of an injury catastrophe that also included long-term issues for Desmond Bane and Marcus Smart, wrecked the Grizzlies' season, which had begun with great hopes.

Morant had not played or spoken with the media since early January, but he participated in the Grizzlies' postseason media availability on Monday morning.   

He talked about his perspective watching from the bench in 2023-2024, his offseason plans, and his new AAU squad.  

"Obviously, things are difficult at first. This was my first season-ending injury.  

So that procedure was difficult. But in terms of my emotional state right now, I'm just motivated."  

"It definitely helped me a lot. Obviously, it has made my life more typical in terms of what I do outside of gaming.   


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