Tee Morant is receiving a considerable amount of coverage from NBA cameras.
Known for being the father of Memphis Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant and sporting a Paddington hat at games courtside, Morant has enjoyed extended screentime this season.
After the 22-year-old Morant missed a game-winning drive against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, ending in a 117-116 loss for Memphis, Morant’s father gleefully met up with opponent Steph Curry moments after the play.
The interaction was friendlier than expected following the draining Memphis loss and miss by Morant.
While his celebrity status in the Association remains questionable, his buddy-buddy routine with players draws more questions, including whether Tee Morant’s displays will turn into a distraction for Ja.
Tee has been interviewed for both his support and criticisms directed at the young star.
“Ja played like trash. Yeah, trash,” Tee said in an interview on Friday after the Grizzlies closed out their Round 1 series against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
For Ja to continue leading the Grizzlies in the postseason, he may need to consider benching his pops.
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