Ja Morant: ‘No rivalry’ between Warriors-Grizzlies despite hot history – NBC Sports

The Warriors are still celebrating the 2022 NBA Championship, but they may already have to Worry about a specific match Come next season.

After the Golden State beat the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals and won their fourth title in eight years, Klay Thompson wasted no time in calling up Memphis Grizzlies forward Garen Jackson Jr.

Thompson’s fiery words fueled an already heated history between the two teams and led to a Twitter exchange Between Draymond Green and JA Morant.

In an interview with commercial appealMorant didn’t go back on any of his words.

“This is a drug, like I said,” Morant said. “Pretty much something we don’t worry about. They obviously won the championship, congratulations to them. But we just have to focus on what we’re doing here for the Memphis Grizzlies and go get the ring.”

The two teams competed in a high-intensity playoff series in the semi-finals of the Western Conference which also consisted of back and forth between the teams.

But the drama goes back further than that.

Grizzlies are still not doing I beat the epic Andre Iguodalawhen the Warriors traded the 2015 NBA Finals MVP to Memphis in 2019, they never played a game for the team.

Iguodala is usually greeted with boos when he applies to FedExForum in Memphis.

However, Morant does not view the Warriors as competitors.

“It’s not a competition for us,” Morant said. “We focused on us… We don’t run away from smoke. Whatever comes our way, we are there for it. In terms of the competition, we don’t have teams that have competed in this league.”

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Well, well, maybe it’s too early to call it a rivalry.

But if next season’s Warriors and Grizzlies’ confrontations resemble the Western Conference semi-finals, fans will be ready to enjoy.

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