Jaren Jackson Jr. issues 3-word statement ahead of training camp

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports /

Since it was determined that Memphis Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant would be suspended for the first 25 games of the 2023-24 season as a result of yet another off-court transgression, the guard has seemingly shied away from the spotlight.

That said, over the past several weeks he’s been progressively showing signs of life, particularly on his social media accounts, with posts ranging from cryptic messages to videos of the 24-year-old surprising “young hoopers” at an event out in Memphis.

With media day and the kick-off to training camp right around the corner, Morant recently took to his personal X page (previously known as Twitter) and posted a no-caption image of fellow teammates Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane high-fiving each other during a game.

In response to the image, Jackson issued a repost and accompanied it with a simple three-word message that is bound to get Grizzlies nation excited for the upcoming campaign, as he wrote: “I’m tapped in 🫡”.

Jaren Jackson Jr. issues statement that will get Memphis Grizzlies fans excited

Jackson finds himself coming off easily the best season of his NBA tenure, as he wrapped up 2022-23 with stellar averages of 18.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and a league-leading 3.0 blocks on 50.6 percent shooting from the field and 35.5 percent shooting from deep.

With his efforts, he wound up taking home his first All-Star nod and second All-Defensive selection and was ultimately bestowed the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award.

Unfortunately, this level of production did not seamlessly flow into the summer’s FIBA World Cup as many had once believed, for he struggled mightily with his tournament play (just 8.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.7 fouls per game) and failed to help Team USA come away with any type of hardware.

Still, despite his shortcomings on the international stage, some such as former Grizzlies star Tony Allen believe the big could be heading toward a new career-best campaign this coming year.

Jackson’s message suggests he’s already focused on accomplishing such a feat during Memphis’ upcoming 82-game slate.