Grizzlies' Ja Morant shares grueling details on season-ending shoulder injury

Jan 9, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) looks on while wearing his
Jan 9, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) looks on while wearing his / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

2023-24 has been the season of injuries for the Memphis Grizzlies, with easily the most noteworthy health-related ailment being the right shoulder subluxation that brought superstar Ja Morant's campaign to a close in early January.

Reported to have been sustained during a team practice prior to their January 7 matchup against the Phoenix Suns, the point guard underwent successful surgery on January 11.

Though details of how the ailment came about have largely been kept under wraps, a recently surfaced video on Morant's personal YouTube channel sees the 24-year-old reveal the nitty-gritty details of how things wound up coming to fruition.

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant reveals details of shoulder injury

"They got up [and] started putting on their shoes to go get some shots up. I laced mine up, hopped up, [moved my arm] just like this... I'm like, 'Oh!' Deada** just paused. I'm like, 'Joey! Joey! My shoulder is out of place.' He didn't hear me. Pete come over there and run, start dangling my shoulder. He [made me rock my] shoulder back and forth. It wasn't going back in. He had to pop it back in."

Ja Morant

Morant would continue on to state that after strength and conditioning coach Joey Davey examined and "put a little wrap" on his shoulder, he went on to partake in the walk through for the Grizzlies while solely using his left hand.

Unfortunately, as we all now sadly know, the injury was something that required more than just time and rest to heal, and, in the end, resulted in him missing the remainder of the season, a realization he came to with cameras still rolling at the end of the video.

This combined with his initial 25 game suspension to kick off the year ultimately held Morant to a mere nine games of action where, unsurprisingly, he still proved to be mightily productive, posting averages of 25.1 points, 8.1 assists, and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 47.1 percent from the field.

The Grizzlies would go 5-4 during this span.