The talented 24-year-old point guard, Ja Morant, has made a triumphant return to the court, leading his team to four consecutive victories. On December 26, Morant showcased his skills by contributing 31 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and two blocks, securing the tenth win for his franchise.
Despite his outstanding performances on the court, Morant has stirred controversy with a provocative celebration. After an impressive alley-oop with Marcus Smart, the player made a gesture, simulating firing shots towards the stands at the Smoothie King Center. This action has sparked mixed reactions among fans and analysts.
Morant’s celebration gains significance due to his history, as he was previously suspended for 25 games for firing a firearm, an incident that went viral on social media. Faced with criticism, Chandler Parsons, a former NBA player, urged Morant to reflect on his actions, emphasizing the importance of focusing on basketball and avoiding controversial behavior.
Morant, aware of the controversy, has defended his gesture as a simple “celebration” and shared a video on social media showing similarities with previous celebrations. Despite the controversy, Morant’s performance in his NBA comeback has been impressive, with notable averages of 28.8 points, 8.5 assists, and 5.3 rebounds in his first four games back.