The award for best almost highlight of goes to… Ja Morant in this wild dunk attempt over Kevin Love.
On this play, Memphis Grizzlies teammate Dillon Brooks was dribbling erratically and had the ball tipped to the top of the three-point line. Ja was there to collect the rock, and instantly went on the attack. Morant unexpectedly jumped from just inside the paint, with Love covering his crotch to take the charge. Ja rose way up and even pushed up from Kevin’s shoulders to add elevation. His right-handed slam hit back iron, but the Internet exploded from this almost dunk. Kevin Love even chimed in after the game on the play:
Ja almost ended my professional career with this dunk…that kid is something special 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 https://t.co/5SxCItAMba
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) December 21, 2019
The sneakers Ja rocked for this game was the Nike Kyrie 5. This style featured a unique Flytrap upper, a design that correlated Kyrie’s Irving to his birthplace of Australia. The shoe was designed for speed and court-feel, with a curved Air Zoom Turbo unit providing bounce in the forefoot in multiple directions.
Morant wore the light bone and red “Bandalu” colorway for this moment, which you can find HERE.
Cover image via Kevin Love (Twitter)