9:31 AM PT -- Ja has officially met Ja Raffe -- with the Grizzlies star hitting up the Memphis Zoo to hang out with his new friend on Friday.
The team posted the adorable introduction ... with Ja getting selfies and even entering Ja Raffe's cage to feed him.
"'Ja' Raffe was born a legend," Morant said of his new friend.
This is the type of content we love to see.
You win Rookie of the Year, you get the giraffe -- or should we say, Ja Raffe!! -- 'cause Grizzlies star Ja Morant officially has a baby giraffe named after him at the Memphis Zoo!!
And, we must say ... it's JA-mazing!!
The zoo announced its newest addition to the fam on Thursday ... saying it welcomed a baby boy on Nov. 10.
Fresh off Ja's JA-dropping rookie campaign -- he averaged nearly 18 points and 7 assists a game for Memphis -- the place decided to JAnor the 21-year-old with the long-necked namesake.
"We have some new hooves on the African Veldt. His name is Ja Raffe to celebrate @memgrizz’s @JaMorant winning @NBA Rookie of the year," the zoo said on Twitter ... revealing the cute baby giraffe in a video.
We have some new hooves on the African Veldt. His name is Ja Raffe to celebrate @memgrizz’s @JaMorant winning @NBA Rookie of the year. Read more in our latest ZooNews Blog. #memphiszoo #GrindCity #giraffe @zoos_aquariums #babyanimal pic.twitter.com/nwPK8olK9x— Memphis Zoo (@MemphisZoo) November 19, 2020 @MemphisZoo
Ja hasn't spoken about the big token of JA-ppreciation from the zoo just yet ... but we're sure he's JA-st thrilled.
We take it they're saving the bear naming for when Ja wins MVP??
Originally Published -- 11/19 7:46 AM PT