When Ja Morant performing a circus hit with the Orlando Magic, fans couldn’t understand how he did it. The answer is very simple.
Morant fake right, drive left, and when Wendell Carter Jr. of Orlando turned to help, Morant jumped to his side, clenched his fists, and launched a left-handed swing. The secret to moving? That is illegal.
Morant responded to the rhetorical question with an extremely honest answer. How did he evade defenders? By taking at least four steps with the ball before flipping on the stroke.
Intrepid internet video analysts confirmed that Morant landed two square feet before launching his shot. Even with NBA’s Innovation Focus When it comes to enforcing the travel rule, Morant oversteps it.
It is worth noting that Ja is very honest. Usually, superstars complain about the executive on Twitter, not admit to getting away with petty basketball crimes. But that’s part of what makes Morant so great: He’s incredibly genuine and incredibly honest. He also makes great plays so consistently that even a ludicrous travel benefits unquestionably, and looks like another part of Morant’s excellence.
Thanks in part to that call, Morant finished with 32 points and just three spins in Memphis’ fifth straight win. They can stretch it to eight games at home three games featuring the Utah Jazz and two against the miserable San Antonio Spurs. That’s right. By next weekend, Ja and the Grizzlies are done traveling.