Ja Morant says 25-game ban tough, with 'some horrible days'

Memphis Grizzlies player Ja Morant expressed gratitude for the support he received during his 25-game ban, as well as guilt for the team's troubles without him, just days before his season debut.

Morant stated that basketball has been his therapy throughout his life, and that taking it away has made things more difficult. 

Since NBA commissioner Adam Silver handed down Morant's second suspension in four months in mid-June, he has acknowledged his family, friends, the Grizzlies, and others, as well as therapy, for helping him.

"It was definitely tough, some horrible days," Morant acknowledged Friday, speaking to the media for the first time since the end of last season. 

"It was difficult, but as I previously stated, starting this with the support that I had throughout this process was extremely beneficial." It was pretty much all I had at the time. 

Obviously, taking that away makes it more difficult. But I had the appropriate people around me, from my family to the organization and other partners that assisted me in the process."

Morant's ban is set to finish on Tuesday, when the Grizzlies play the New Orleans Pelicans on the road.

Memphis, which has been hampered by injuries to multiple key players in addition to Morant's absence, is 6-17 heading into Friday night's home game against the Houston Rockets. 

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