About a year ago, basketball player Temetrius Jamel “Ja” Morant signed his first professional contract. He was drafted second overall in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies, agreeing to a two-year deal valued at $ 1,789,740,440. Barely seven months later, he scored his first career triple-double in a 106-99 win over the Washington Wizards.
Pretty impressive numbers for a 20-year-old talent, right? It is probably safe to say that Morant owes much of his success to his father, Tee Morant, who was his coach and inspiration during his university years. And what better way to say thank you than a brand new car as a gift?
This is exactly what Ja Morant bought from his father. And it’s not just any car, but a brand new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Yes, the one with 707 horsepower (520 kilowatts) and acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 96 kilometers per hour) in just 3.6 seconds. A video posted on Twitter shows Tee Morant’s reaction to the gift – and to say he was surprised would be an understatement. He couldn’t even stand straight after seeing the car.
The move did not go unnoticed by analysts and specialists in the NBA. “That’s all about the young man … taking care of the people who took care of you. I love it,” tweeted former NBA player and ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins. Morrant’s father was a Pro Basketball Hall of Fame goalkeeper Ray Allen goalie high school teammate. And now his son is a talented NBA player. Amen!