“Not here to cheerlead”: Derrick Rose sends strong warning to Ja Morant ahead of Grizzlies PG’s NBA return

In an unexpected move, Derrick Rose recently joined the Memphis Grizzlies as a free agent, but this signing caught the attention of basketball enthusiasts after he expressed his intentions loud and clear on Ja Morant.

While many might assume that Rose’s addition could threaten Morant’s development due to his seniority, Derrick has been clear that he’s willing to take on the role of pushing Ja Morant to greater heights following his controversial behavior.

Derrick Rose issues a strong warning to Grizzlies’ Ja Morant

In a recent interview, the 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose issued a strong warning to the Memphis Grizzlies’ rising star, Ja Morant. Rose, who has witnessed Morant’s meteoric rise in the league, is no stranger to his inappropriate actions off the court as well.

“I just told him I’m not here to babysit you”, was the few words that Rose had to tell during the media day. Rose’s warning comes as no surprise, considering he has experienced ups and downs in his own career, making mistakes on and off the court.

The veteran point guard understands the pressure and expectations that come with being a young star in the league, especially after a bright start in his NBA career followed by controversies surrounding around him. He has made his intentions clear as a teammate and player that he is there to push him to reach his peak.

While Derrick Rose edges closer to the final days of his career, he looks forward to nurturing the younglings with the abundance of experience and glories he has had in his career.

When can we expect to see Ja Morant back in the NBA?

Ja Morant has quickly gone from a fan favorite to one of the most disliked players in the league, but that doesn’t stray away from the fact that the NBA fans see him as one of the game’s future superstars.

The NBA had suspended Ja Morant for 25 games without pay in June 2023 following his involvement in a second viral video that saw him brandishing a handgun. After months of grueling suspension, the highly talented 24-year-old basketball sensation is finally on the verge of making his return to the court. The countdown has begun for fans of the Grizzlies, as their star player’s anticipated comeback is set for December 19, when the team clashes with the New Orleans Pelicans

Ja Morant

He was also previously suspended for eight games after an incident in which he filmed himself holding a gun at a Denver strip club following a 113-97 loss to the Denver Nuggets but on the second incident, he was seen waving a gun while sitting in the passenger’s seat of a car while listening to rap music on Instagram Live.

The PG was seen in the first training after the suspension, and while the Grizzlies fans cannot wait for his return, they also hope that no future problems arise that will affect their season ahead.

Sami Haider

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Sami Haider is an NBA writer at SportsKnot. His foray into basketball scriptwriting started in 2020, when he was enthralled by the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA championship victory. His previous experience was limited to dribbling and dunking as a neighborhood kid. His insightful writings show how much he loves the sport. His writing goes beyond numbers and scores, giving readers a unique viewpoint on the players, teams, and events that define the basketball scene. Whether you're a die-hard fan or a casual observer, Sami's work is essential for anybody trying to expand their knowledge and love of the NBA.


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