Ja Morant’s influence may extend beyond basketball.

Despite her lack of familiarity with Ja Morant, Mary Wainwright prays for the troubled young 

NBA star and expresses her desire to have a conversation with him in order to "set him straight."

The 64-year-old Grandma Wainwright is an anchor in the north Memphis area known as Smokey City, where gunfire is commonplace

Nearby FedExForum is where Morant has thrived during his four exceptional seasons with the Grizzlies as a point guard.

During that time, Morant went undefeated in the NBA rankings, at least until very recently.

The troubling off-court behavior of 23-year-old Morant reached a peak two weeks ago when a video surfaced on social media showing him

 At a Colorado strip club with what looked like a weapon. This led to his suspension. At the time, his team was fighting for a playoff spot.

What time does he return? The Grizzlies have claimed he may play in Friday's game against the Spurs, 

 NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who is understandably protective of the league's image, might have different intentions.

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