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The redemption of Adam Morrison is going on in Serbia

Nov 22, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

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If you read just one thing today, click the link and read the profile of Adam Morrison by Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated.

Morrison has been an NBA punch line for years now, the guy who couldn’t live up to the hype in Charlotte, who won two rings with the Lakers while wearing a suit, the guy cut from the Wizards. Adam Morrison became synonymous with bust for a lot of NBA fans.

But as always, the personal story is a lot more complex. It’s more compelling. Morrison opens up to Amick about the dark days without confidence, about walking away from the game and living on his ranch for a year just to escape. He talks about slowly rediscovering his love of the game.

He has started to turn it around playing in Serbia, and what those around him talk to Amick about is that the swagger that is back in Morrison’s game. It’s not just the 17 points per game, it’s the fire that has returned. Last month we showed you the video of Morrison getting ejected from a game — that made the people around him smile. That is the Morrison they know.

Morrison said his time in Serbia has been redemptive.

“It was such an adrenaline rush and an emotional high to be out there on the court again,” Morrison said. “Everybody who has done something in their life that they’ve had a passion for or done for a long time, and then all of a sudden it’s not there anymore, and then it comes back to you in such a rush [can relate].’

“I would’ve run through a brick wall that night for anything. Goose bumps. Sweating. That whole day, I’ve never been so focused. It was a friendly game, and I was thinking, ‘All right, I’m going nuts tonight. I don’t care what happens. I was ready to fight, to do anything, just to play.”

Do yourself a favor, click the link and read the whole story. You might even start rooting for Morrison.

  1. charlutes - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    I remember thinking he might be a bust in the NBA. I love stories like this that shed light on the actual love of sport that so many of us share and so many pros seem to have forgotten. Great story Kurt.

  2. giselleisasucubus - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    dont be surprised if he is in the Celtics camp if/when they come back. Ainge loves him.

  3. cosanostra71 - Nov 22, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    AMMO: UNDEFEATED IN THE PLAYOFFS

  4. silverbuffalo - Nov 23, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    I met Adams aunt in Montana one time – made me start to root for him too – he comes from a family that believes in him – good people!

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