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Ja Morant 'completely sorry' and apologises ahead of NBA return from suspension for Memphis Grizzlies

Ja Morant is expected to return to action for the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday when they play the first of back-to-back home games against the Houston Rockets; Morant was handed an eight-game ban earlier this month by the NBA for a social media post

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Memphis star guard Ja Morant says he made a terrible decision and 'needs to be smarter' after returning from suspension.

Memphis Grizzlies star guard Ja Morant has apologised again and vowed to “be more responsible” ahead of his expected return from suspension for "reckless" conduct.

The NBA banned Morant eight games for brandishing a gun in a social media video post at a Denver-area strip club on March 4, with the suspension ending after Saturday's win over the Golden State Warriors.

Morant was back in the fold and cheering from the bench during Monday's fourth-quarter rally and victory against the Dallas Mavericks, having spent 11 days in a Florida counselling facility addressing his issues with stress management.

FILE - Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) plays in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 3, 2023, in Denver. The NBA has suspended Memphis Grizzilies guard Ja Morant eight games without pay, after determining that his holding a firearm at a club in suburban Denver earlier this month was ...conduct detrimental to the league.... Morant will miss his sixth game on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, when the Grizzlies play in Miami. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
Image: Ja Morant could feature for the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday after his eight-game suspension ended

"I'm completely sorry for that [his ban]," Morant said after practice on Tuesday. "So, you know, my job now is, like I said, to be more responsible, more smarter, and don't cause any of that no more.

"I went there to counselling to learn how to manage stress. Cope with stress in a positive way, instead of ways I've tried to deal with it before that caused me to make mistakes."

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Morant insisted that he "never had an alcohol problem" and that his handling of stress was an "ongoing process", with the 23-year-old telling reporters that he is now concentrating exclusively on basketball.

"That's my main focus now," Morant said. "Obviously, super excited to be back with my teammates. That's the main thing right now.

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"Right now, for me, it's just keeping the main thing the main thing and continuing to go through my process of becoming a better me. I feel like if I do that, not only will it help me, but it'll help everybody around me as well."

Grizzlies anticipate that Morant will return to action Wednesday when they play the first of back-to-back home games against the Houston Rockets, with Memphis in the midst of playing seven of eight matches at home.

Memphis are currently on a three game winning streak and have gone 6-3 without Morant, with the Grizzlies second in the Western Conference with 11 games remaining in the regular season.

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