Steven Adams’ reputation as a man-mountain is well known in 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 victory over the Bulls, Bradley and Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant became entangled after Morant drove to the basket, leading to a minor altercation.
Before things could really get off the ground, Adams was quick to defend the star of his franchise, doing his best as a security guard as he escorted Bradley out, literally carrying him around like a little boy.
Consider that Bradley is a 6-foot-10, 245-pound NBA center.
Jaren Jackson Jr said he knows all too well the feeling of being picked up by Adams, “You feel like you’re seven years old. You feel a little helpless.”
Morant and Bradley received technical fouls for their role in the fight, while Adams set 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 picked him up… and took him away from Ja Morant,” Stan Van Gundy said on the broadcast.
“There is no stronger man in the NBA than Steven Adams,” added Brian Anderson. “He literally lifted his feet off the ground to get him moving.”
Steven Adams is Memphis AF. This will live in video montages for years.
— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) January 17, 2022
Steven Adams just picked up Tony Bradley like Bradley was 6 years old.
—Trevor Lane (@Trevor_Lane) January 17, 2022
I watched this at least a hundred times and the best part was the two seconds of the referees looking at each other trying to figure out which one of them would try to stop Steven Adams from taking Tony into the Pacific Ocean if he wanted to. pic.twitter.com/DmagmDRXC8
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 17, 2022
i dont want to be dramatic but steven adams picks up tony bradley and takes him away like a kid after he picks on ja morant its the funniest thing i have ever seen in my life pic.twitter.com/XIOFLqFWjd
— Molly Morrison (@mollyhannahm) January 17, 2022