One of the biggest signs that a basketball player has become a superstar is a famous shoe brand gifting them with their signature shoe. Ja Morant finally joins the rare company of elite NBA players with the unveiling of Nike’s Ja 1.
OKBET players probably noticed the Memphis Grizzlies point guard unveiling his signature shoe in their Christmas Day loss to the Golden State Warriors. Morant was caught before the game looking proudly at the “Day One” colorway that will be sold in April 2023.
According to Sneaker News, the Ja 1’s design was created with the spirit of the underdog at its core. The 23-year-old superstar wasn’t highly recruited out of college, and a Murray State assistant was the one that gave him the platform to shine.
This is Morant’s first signature shoe since signing a deal with the brand in 2019. He’s the newest face of the shoewear titan’s elite roster of signature athletes. Fortunately, he also filled a Kyrie Irving-shaped hole after the Brooklyn Nets star’s shoe deal was terminated.
Morant immediately showed out in his signature kicks during their Christmas game, which they lost to a depleted Warriors roster. He finished his first game in his signature sneakers with 36 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists on 15-for-29 shooting.
Ja Morant Dismisses Klay Thompson Trash Talk
The developing rivalry between Morant’s Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors has already produced plenty of exciting storylines. One of the most intriguing narratives in their Christmas Day loss was the animosity between Klay Thompson and Dillon Brooks.
Everyone following the league knows that Thompson has developed a particular distaste for the Grizzlies, and he wasn’t hesitant to let it show during the game. Thompson taunted Brooks after he scored during the game’s dying embers.
Ja Morant was quick to let people know what he thought. He believed it was very “typical” for players to start talking smack when the game’s already decided.
However, it’s clear to everyone that the Grizzlies have a lot of adjustments to make. The fact that the Dubs beat them without Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins should force Taylor Jenkins to make adjustments before their next clash on January 25.