Ja Morant wasn’t a big fan of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson’s comments targeting his Grizzlies teammate Jaren Jackson Jr.
The Warriors kept up the earnings of the past few years and lashed out at their critics after the franchise’s seventh title. During his post-game interview, Thompson recalled a tweet from Jackson shadowing the Warriors after beating them during the regular season.
“The strength of numbers is alive and well,” Thompson told reporters after the win. “There was this one player in the Grizzlies who tweeted ‘strength in numbers’ after they beat us in the regular season and that pissed me off. I can’t wait to retweet this thing. Damn bum. I had to see that. I say, ‘That damn clown.’
“Sorry, that memory just popped up. do you want to mock us You have never been there. We have been there before, we know what is important. So to be back here, hold this.”
Morant heard the comment and could only laugh.
“I have a lot of properties” Morant wrote on Twitterwhich refers to the grizzlies living “rent free” in the minds of warriors.
Golden State defeated the Griz in the Western Conference Semifinals. But with both teams on the uptrend, it’s more than likely they’ll face each other again at high stakes for years to come. And that rivalry just got a little more spice.
It was clear that title meant something more to Thompson, Stephen Curry and the rest of the Golden State core, who felt written off after a string of injuries and a bad year. Thompson missed more than 900 days with a torn Achilles tendon and a torn cruciate ligament but was confident in his squad.
“I said championship or bust because I saw us come out of goal 18-2. And I played that very Warriors basketball that made us so successful, and then when I knew I was going to be put in it, I knew we had a chance to do something special, and here we are. It’s so incredible,” Thompson said. “Lots of gossip. Lots of chatter. Many doubters. But guess what, you just put that in your fuel tank and just keep going. And it’s definitely different.”
Thompson suffered some slumps in the postseason but was a key cog for the Warriors during the run. He averaged 17 points on 36.9% shooting in the Finals against the Celtics.
Curry earned his first Finals MVP as the Warriors earned their fourth title with their current core. It was a missing line from his resume, but Thompson scoffed at those who criticized his competitor for doing so.
“I’m so happy for him that he got this Finals MVP. Some dork says he needs it,” said a champagne-drenched Thompson. “I think he pretty much knows what he’s capable of but to see how he deserves that, he’s one of the greatest of all time and we all followed him and my goodness that was great. What a series.”
The warriors are going nowhere. The early odds have Golden State as favorites to capture the title next year, which sits at +600 per PointsBet. Thee Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have the same odds, followed by the Nets (+700), Bucks (+750) and Suns (+900).