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Posted Up - Desmond Bane on Ja Morant’s insane block, status as NBA’s best point guard

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The Memphis Grizzlies second-year guard makes a return visit to the “Posted Up with Chris Haynes” podcast to discuss his teammate’s ridiculous block and makes the case for why Morant should be considered the top point guard in the game.

Video Transcript

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CHRIS HAYNES: I got to talk about your backcourt partner, man. Take me through that block. You were right there. Break the sequence down for me, please.

DESMOND BANE: I mean, we turned the ball over, and, like, last year, I used to get-- Coach would get on me all the time for fouling, like, in those situations because we have Ja, Brandon Clarke, De'Anthony Melton, guys who hustle around and make athletic plays around the rim.

So he was, like, give your teammate a chance to come in and clean it up. So, you know, I'm showing my hands, just trying to be physical with Avery Bradley. He Probably missed the layup, even if Ja didn't block it. But, you know, Ja come soaring through the air. I mean, I thought it was just me and Avery. I didn't even know Ja was right there.

The next thing I know, he all up on the backboard, and all you-- oohs and ahs. And I didn't really know how crazy. It was until after the game was over, and I saw the picture, like, frozen, and his head, like, level with the rim, hands damn near at the top of the backboard, snatching it with two hands out of the air, like-- I mean, there's stuff that he does, like, and it's just, like, you know, you can't explain it. You can't explain it.

CHRIS HAYNES: It reminds me-- I was covering the Cavs back when the Cavaliers you know, came back from 3-1 deficit and beat the Golden State Warriors. But LeBron James had that big block. A lot of people don't mention enough the part that JR Smith played in kind of slowing and Andre Iguodala down--

DESMOND BANE: Yeah.

CHRIS HAYNES: --allowing LeBron James to come back with that block from behind. And that's similar to what you did in the kind of getting Avery to kind of slow down, adjust his shot a little bit, and set that block up. Did Ja-- did Ja come back and say, hey, thank you, bro for, you know, just the part you played before that. Or you don't-- or you don't get no love, man. What is it?

DESMOND BANE: Nah, I didn't get no love. I didn't get no love. We just-- we just kept pushing. We just kept pushing.

CHRIS HAYNES: You made the comment, the remark, saying, hey, man, I'm glad everybody's looking at Ja, but it's time y'all start talking about if he's the best point guard in the NBA. Is that how you really feel, because obviously, when you talking about the best point guard, you got Steph and Chris Paul out there, so-- Damian Lillard.

DESMOND BANE: I mean, those guys are fantastic players, and you can't take anything away from them and what they've done through their career. But, I mean, I think you look at what Ja has done this season, and it's hard not to put him in that conversation. I mean, you know, we went in to Phoenix, beat them. Beat Golden State multiple times now this year. You know, so I mean, I don't think that It's crazy to have that conversation.

CHRIS HAYNES: OK. Is he-- is he the best point guard in the NBA right now? In your opinion.

DESMOND BANE: Yeah.

CHRIS HAYNES: Mm. No cap.

DESMOND BANE: Yeah. Well, I'm rolling with him.

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