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Whither Adam Morrison?

Aug 5, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

amorrison.jpgNow is the time of the summer when teams are grabbing guys on minimum deals — even make good deals, meaning they can be cut at training camp — to round out their roster. Guys 11 to 15 on the depth chart.

And Adam Morrison’s phone is not ringing.

In a fascinating look at Morrison — from the overexposed college player to the No. 3 pick not ready for the burden, to his time getting two rings while never setting foot on the court during a finals game with the Lakers — the shooter talks about his future in the league with Andy Kamenetzky of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

“I think I could be a really good sixth man,” suggests the forward. “I know I could still score. I’ve done it my whole life and I did it even in practices with the Lakers. You can ask any of the guys.” (For what it’s worth, various Lakers constantly praised Morrison’s ability to push starters during practice. As Odom insisted, “Leave him open and he’ll embarrass you.”)

Morrison will not be back with the Lakers. Any offensive potential coaches thought he had was masked by defensive issues. He was never going to get much run.

Last season most of his attempts came in a spot-up situation, but he shot just 29.7 percent on those, and 15 percent from three (according to Synergy Sports) It’s hard to read much into any of his statistics because he got such little run — he got in to only 33 Lakers games and played an average of 7 minutes in those games — but he didn’t grab the opportunities he had.

If you look across the country you see JJ Redick — the guy Morrison was tied to so often in college — who has rounded out his game, who has become more than a shooter. There was demand for Redick this summer by contending teams.

Morrison wants to be that guy. He worked out for teams in Vegas while Summer League was going on. Still no offers. At this point, you’d expect some team to at least give him an invite to camp, a chance to earn a spot. To see if he can be that light-it-up guy off the bench, at least some nights.

But he has yet to really shoot efficiently at the NBA level, and while he believes he can score he is going to have to prove it now. If he gets the chance.

If he doesn’t?

“If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out. I’ll just go into something else. It’s just one of those things.” 

  1. Daniel Perry - Aug 5, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Love it. I don’t know why but i watched a lot of them in college and love the fact that NO one gave Reddick a shot to still be in the league and now look who’s laughing all the way to a big contract. Teams were bidding for him!.
    I don’t know why but as a short white guy. I love it.

  2. JK - Aug 5, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Morrison’s a stiff. I had a friend who said he was the second coming of Larry Bird. I told him he was nuts and Morrison’s probably going to end up being the second coming of Keith Van Horn, if he even amounted to that. I bet Morrison’s out of the league within two years, if not this year.

  3. scott cagle pensacola best buy - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    too bad,its a shame, a damn shame. We need our bros to play well against the boogaloos and porch monkeys.

  4. Old Ironside - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:00 AM

    Morrison’s best stat:
    $17 million – the amount he was paid in for years of NBA benchwarming

  5. Don Hoffman - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    Adam should take the season off and hit the weights and the track.
    He looked anemic out there. He didn’t show any of the subtle (or not) traits that are NBA.

  6. Drew - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:24 AM

    I actually thought Morrison would be a pretty solid NBA player (I’ll eat crow for that one). You’d still think he could be a productive second unit-type player, but he does have to get considerably stronger in order to compete in the NBA. People like to bash the guy, but he’s just a humble, sincere guy trying to make a living.

  7. veteran - Aug 6, 2010 at 3:02 AM

    Why in the world would you use this forum to speak such insults. This article was not about racism, it was about a basketball player. I pray that you will allow God to touch this broken part of your life, and then you’ll be able to see people through the eyes of Jesus and not through the eyes of some small minded teachings of the spirit of hate. From the Sevice members of The Armed Forces you have a Blessed Day, while we continue to fight for your freedom no matter what color you are.

  8. bad news - Aug 6, 2010 at 3:43 AM

    use your head morrison this league you have to play defense to get on the court and be strong. you look weak like a string bean and you have not shown you can play defense. did you listen to phil jackson your ring master? shut some body down and you get minutes if you dont you get nothing. lift some weight get stronger you feel better and now you can take the beating that playing defense will take you through. you can take a charge and not feel it so much because you are strong work on that and you will get another chance. but if all you can do is shoot your out.

  9. Scott from Canada - Aug 6, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    You’re an idiot; you shame yourself and you make the rest of us look bad. Go seek help…you need it.

  10. LAKERFAN - Aug 6, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    REALLY YOUR AN IDIOT WHY DONT YOU GO BACK TO IDAHO AND GO BACK TO YOUR COMPOUND THERE IS NO PLACE FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN THIS WORLD.

  11. Fred - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    Can’t believe the Moderator actually printed the comments from scott cagle pensacola best buy .

  12. rb - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Proof that some parents should be “fixed”…..we can only hope you trip in front of a train you low life!

  13. rb - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Why would anyone put their real name and location on this site? Sounds like someone is setting this guy up? or he’s a bigger idiot then we think..if that’s possible

  14. Dave - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Reads like the opinion of someone who didn’t take her meds. Do you even have any brothers?

  15. Dave - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    It’s probably not her real name. She’s just trying to get back at the real Scott for standing her up. Every one of her posts reflects her shame.

  16. KP from ID - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Iam from Idaho…..I dont like being thrown in that all people from Idaho are racists. Dont agree with Pensacola guys remarks at all! Liked Adam Morrison’s college game when at Gonzaga. Wished he would have done good in the Pros. He was fun to watch in college, went to games at Kennel and it was awesome. I think its over for him in the NBA. He should try overseas if he still wants to play.

  17. LAKERFAN - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    WOW EVEN A BIGGER IDIOT! I CANNOT BELIVE THAT THIS IS ALLOWED ON A MSNBC BLOG. BUT LIKE A TRUE COWARD YOU TOO HIDE BEHIND A COMPUTER. AND JUST LIKE ANY OTHER RACIST YOUR A COWARD.

  18. Buckweat - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Are you a real human being?

  19. D - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Don’t blame Morrison for not living up to your friends expectations and besides, a lot of people thought he was going to be the next coming of LB and I’ll bet you Morrison wasn’t one of them, so give him a break.

  20. lakerfan4life - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    why do you live? jump off a building…you might not make it.

  21. JD - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    This post is another reminder as to why the people of the United States must remain vigilant, now more than ever, to root out the racism that continues to try to grow in this country.

  22. LC - Aug 6, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    WOW it is 2010 not 1950!

  23. ui - Aug 6, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    i saw him at shell. isnt he a cashier? i just got change for a 20 from him

  24. David Foster - Aug 6, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    He was always slow and un-athletic. He made up for it by 1. playing against college guys wereby 99% were not going to be in the NBA and 2. making the most of being a good scorer in a college offence.
    So he makes it to the NBA. He deserved it, maybe not top 3 but he deserved a chance.
    A decent rookie year although with his althetic ‘slowness’ his % are in the 30s. Shows that he has trouble making his own shot, bad news for a scorer. Then he hurts his knee and now he is really slow. He could not make his own shot coming into the league and now he is a step slower. He could be a 12th man or a 10th man on a bad team. One who comes in after a timeout when you are down and need a 3, then you take him out after the shot because his man is going to score on him.
    Maybe if he didnt get hurt he could of turned into a taller Mark Price or Jeff Hornacek, slow good shooting guys who rounded out their game. Thats what the NBA is all about, you take what the game gives you and adjust your game. Now he is an 8th man at best if he really works on the little things like passing, rebounding and lowpost defense. I wish him luck, I lived in Spokane during his college years and his face was plastered everywhere, even more so due to the failures of Dan Dickau with people hopeing for another hero. Good luck Mr. Morrison, I wish you the very best…

  25. Blake - Aug 6, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    YOU are one stupid redneck and your Best Buy job is probably the BEST that your ignorant ass can get. Go find another white boy sport like figure skating you stupid fool. I think Adam would even say your an ignoramus. Look the word up stupid or do you even know what a dictionary is??

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