Steven Adams’ reputation as a man-mountain is well known around the NBA, but Chicago Bulls big man Tony Bradley had to find out the hard way tonight.
During the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies’ 119-106 win over the Bulls, Bradley and Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant got tangled up after Morant drove to the basket, with a small altercation ensuing.
Before things could even really take off, Adams rushed to the defense of his franchise star, doing his best security guard impersonation as he escorted Bradley away, quite literally carrying him like a toddler.
Let’s keep in mind Bradley is a 6-foot-10, 245 pound NBA center.
Jaren Jackson Jr. said he knows the feeling all too well being picked up by Adams, “You feel like you’re seven. You feel helpless a little bit.”
Morant and Bradley were both given technical fouls for their role in the tussle, while Adams had social media buzzing, marveling at the strength of a player who wouldn’t look out of place on the Grit and Grind Grizzlies.
“Steven Adams literally lifted him up … and carried him away from Ja Morant,” Stan Van Gundy said on the broadcast.
“There is no stronger man in the NBA than Steven Adams,” Brian Anderson added. “He literally picked his feet up off the ground to get him moving.”
Steven Adams is Memphis AF. This will live on in video montages for years.
— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) January 17, 2022
Steven Adams just picked up Tony Bradley like Bradley was a 6 year old
— Trevor Lane (@Trevor_Lane) January 17, 2022
watched this at least a hundred times now and the best part was the two seconds the refs were looking at each other trying to figure out which of them was going to attempt to stop Steven Adams from carrying Tony into the Pacific Ocean if he wanted to. pic.twitter.com/DmagmDRXC8
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 17, 2022
not to be dramatic but steven adams picking up tony bradley and carrying him away like a child after he gets into it with ja morant is the funniest thing i have ever seen pic.twitter.com/XIOFLqFWjd
— Molly Morrison (@mollyhannahm) January 17, 2022