MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After a younger Memphis Grizzlies fan had her prized basketball stolen, Ja Morant jumped in to ease the anguish.
Ellie Hughes, an 11-year-old Grizzlies fan, was making an attempt to get Morant’s consideration for an autograph at Monday’s sport in opposition to San Antonio when two individuals swiped her particular ball.
Hughes, of Forrest Metropolis, Arkansas, had collected gamers’ signatures on the ball for the previous six years.
Listening to of her plight by social media, Morant reached out to her household, invited her to Wednesday evening’s rematch in opposition to the Spurs after which gave her his game-worn jersey and Ja 1 Nike footwear, which haven’t been launched to the general public but.
“It’s one thing I just about like to do,” Morant stated of his heat gesture. “You contact someone’s coronary heart like that. An enormous fan of the Grizzlies for years. It’s moments like that that imply probably the most to them. One thing they may always remember.”
Ja Morant presents a signed sport jersey and sneakers to 11-year-old Ellie Hughes after the Grizzlies’ win over the Spurs.NBAE through Getty Photos
Morant placed on a present, too, scoring 38 factors because the Grizzlies held off San Antonio 135-129 for his or her season-high eighth straight victory.
The star guard, who missed the earlier two video games with proper thigh soreness, was 14 of 25 from the sphere, together with 3 for five on 3-pointers. He additionally had a right-handed hammer dunk over Spurs heart Jakob Poeltl with 3:35 left to assist Memphis protect its lead.