There are levels to the NBA game. Detroit Pistons rookie Jaden Ivey got a taste of that on Thursday night in a preseason matchup against Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies.
Ivey finished with seven points and four assists in 21 minutes, shooting 3-of-11 from the field and 0-of-4 from three. Morant, meanwhile, went off for 31 points and eight rebounds in the Grizzlies' 126-111 win.
And NBA Twitter took notice:
Ivey probably wasn't shocked by Morant's big night—he's more than a little familiar with his game:
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Niele Ivey, Jaden Ivey's mother, worked as an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2019-20. Jaden Ivey had a front-row seat to watch Ja Morant play when his mother was coach. <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnnyKaneTV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JohnnyKaneTV</a> has more on Ivey's respect for Morant. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pistons?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Pistons</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/ThinkFordFirst?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ThinkFordFirst</a> <a href="https://t.co/u47SMOu0wU">pic.twitter.com/u47SMOu0wU</a>
Morant has often referred to Ivey as his "lil bro" on Twitter. On Thursday night, he gave him the full little brother treatment.