February 4, 2019, on BleacherReport.com
Ja Morant dribbles the ball between his legs, crouching low…lower…so low his gangly arms nearly graze the hardwood. Like a spider stalking its next prey.
He approaches Murray State assistant coach Tim Kaine, who has grabbed a ball of his own at center court. Kaine’s turn for a shot at Morant. But they’re not going to go one-on-one. Kaine’s chosen competition? Half-court, back-to-the-basket shots. When Morant reaches Kaine, the two turn around and begin chucking balls over their heads, seeing who can do the near-impossible.
The match ends in a draw. And just after it does, Matt McMahon, the team’s head coach, calls for Morant. His turn.