On Friday night, Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies closed out the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 114-106 win in Game 6.
In his third professional season, Morant certainly looked the part as an NBA superstar. Through his first NBA playoff series win, the All-Star point guard averaged a near-triple-double 21.5 points, 10.5 assists and 8.7 rebounds.
Ja's father, Tee Morant, was a prevalent sideline presence throughout this year's first-round playoff matchup. After last night's closeout win, the elder Morant was asked how he thought his son played.
"Ja played like trash. Yeah, trash," he said.
Before he was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 draft, Morant told reporters that he thrives of "negative energy" and called his father his "first hater." When Morant won Rookie of the Year, he said his father's response was "Good job, you still suck."
This negative energy clearly comes from a place of love. Morant and his father have a tight friendship that's evidenced by Tee's presence at nearly every game.
Morant and the Grizzlies are now set to take on the Golden State Warriors in Round 2. Even if the Grizzlies go all the way this year, Morant doesn't expect any special treatment from his father.
“He probably would be hype," he said during an appearance on Pardon My Take last year, "and then he would be like, ‘You still suck, but congrats.'”