top of page
  • Matthew Davis

NBA star saves the day after adults steal 11-year old's basketball

Updated: Jan 13

Ja Morant is a star basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies.

5 nights ago, 11-year old Ellie Hughes was doing her favourite thing in the world, going to the NBA with her Grandpa. Ellie is a huge Grizzlies fan and loves going to every home game she can with him and like many sports fans around the globe, collects signatures.


Ellie had been bringing the same orange and white basketball to every home game for the last 6 years where her beloved Grizzlies would write their signatures, having the signatures of most players.


You could imagine how upset she was when the ball was stolen by 2 adults.


American news station WMC-TV reporter Walter Murphy brought Ellie's story to light yesterday.


Interviewing young Ellie about her story Ellie said through tears, "I just want my ball back. I just want the signatures back."

After the story went to air, Grizzlies star Ja Morant took to Twitter, replying to Murphy's story asking for the family's information.


Ja Morant recieved Ellie's contact and invited her on court after the win against the Spurs Yesterday afternoon where Ellie would be gifted a pair of Morant's sneakers, Ja 1's and a signed Grizzlies jersey.


Morant took to Twitter again yesterday saying "my fav highlight tonight", linking a video of him giving the jersey and sneakers to Ellie - making her night.


Ja Morant dropped 38 points against the San Antonio Spurs yesterday in yet another great performance on the court but that night it was what he did off the court that was the real MVP performance.


Help support unbiased journalism & keep us independent: donate just $4 a month on Patreon & receive exclusive benefits.


Sign up to our free newsletter to catch up on all our original reporting you may have missed & to read the latest from the editor - click here.


Want to inform others? Share the link to this story on social media & with your family & friends using the buttons below.

bottom of page