Grizzlies: Ja Morant posts hilarious movie meme after Memphis drafts 7-foot-4 Big Man Zach Edey: NBA: Sports World News

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE – Ja Morant (#12) of the Memphis Grizzlies smiles before the game against the Sacramento Kings at FedExForum on December 31, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo: Justin Ford/Getty Images)

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant is excited to have his new teammate in the fold.

The Grizzlies selected Zach Edey, a 7-foot-10 center from Purdue University, with the ninth overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, prompting the two-time NBA All-Star to reference a highly popular action movie.

Morant posted to his Instagram Story a hilarious clip from the 2007 film “Rush Hour 3,” in which Detective James Carter, played by Chris Tucker, reacts with surprise to the enormous height of a child in a karate class.

Edey is registered as a Canadian player and represents the country’s national team, but he was born in Toronto to Chinese immigrant parents.

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Grizzlies shooting guard Desmond Bane was also excited about the team’s selection of Edey.

“LETS GOOOOO,” the 26-year-old posted on the social media platform X, formerly Twitter.

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The 22-year-old center is coming off his senior season, in which he led Purdue to the national championship game against UConn, which he ultimately lost 75-60.

Despite not making the finals, Edey capped his sensational college career by winning the National College Player of the Year, the Pete Newell Big Man Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award for the second year in a row.

The Toronto native averaged 25.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game in the 2023-24 NCAA season.

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