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Adam Morrison earned MVP chants on final day of NBA Summer League

Jul 22, 2012, 9:34 PM EDT

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LAS VEGAS — The NBA Summer League has unfortunately come to a close after ten wonderful days in a location that some refer to as Sin City. Fortunately it went out with a bang, though — complete with requisite MVP chants for Adam Morrison.

The league’s actual MVP honors went to Portland Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard and second-year Memphis Grizzlies guard Josh Selby, but Morrison was pretty impressive, too.

The vagabond swingman had a few pretty spectacular games earlier in the week, but the Clippers fans made Sunday extra special as Morrison put on one of his formerly-patented performances en route to 28 points, six rebounds and three assists … and his 4-of-6 effort from beyond the arc didn’t hurt, either. Luckily for the former No. 3 overall pick, it came at just about the perfect time considering he felt that he needed to leave a lasting impression.

“The game can be taken away from you pretty quick,” Morrison told The No Look Pass after the game. “I’m lucky that they gave me a chance to come out here and play.”

And he’s lucky he ran with the opportunity, too, considering he averaged 20 points and five rebounds through his five Summer League games while shooting an impressive 62 percent from the field.

  1. Justin - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    real MVP is Wes Johnson. Didn’t even get all-star nod but he was stellar. Also team finished 4-1 including wins over the Clippers and Grizzlies

    • Justin - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      Only game they lost was the 1 game Wes rested

  2. blakspartan - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Ok that’s good but when will he perform like that in a real season

  3. surefooted1 - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Did he cry?

  4. codysteeler - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    They were chanting M-V-P for one reason
    His hair…

  5. ncarolinarn7 - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Now he chooses to show he’s got a game after we wasted a draft pick on him. Oh well good luck Adam.

  6. congocash - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Only guy in the summer league with an NBA championship ring…. That probably didnt hurt his confidence

    • borderline1988 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:48 AM

      Norris Cole?

      Only guy with 2 championship rings,,,

      • 313am - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        When did Norris Cole get his 2nd NBA championship ring? Especially after being a rookie this past season?

      • borderline1988 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        Sorry, I wasn’t clear:

        Norris Cole has a ring.
        Morrison is the only guy with 2 championship rings.

  7. dysraw1 - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    looked rather fluid on the floor tonight hes still a slug on D

  8. bankai78 - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    I was at this game. Crowd loved every minute he was on the floor. He was shooting out of his mind.

  9. toxicity187 - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    He was a lottery draft pick for a reason, he has some game. I think he is now playing with a chip on his soulder. I don’t think he will have an all-star like season or anything. But I can see him being a solid contributor off the bench for a team, and possibly even a little more. Good luck to him.

  10. passerby23 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Anyone who has ever played with him in the league has said the kid can score. He’s one of the best practice players, but just hasn’t been able to transform it on the court. He’s had trouble guarding quicker, stronger guys too.

    Based on his summer league performance, you’ve got to think he’ll got a shot and probably contribute.

  11. davidly - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    One little change of fate here or there and he would have already been an adequate starter for somebody (for a longer period than he was), or perhaps even a 6th man candidate. Timing is everything when the level of competition is what it is in the NBA.

  12. 00maltliquor - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    This is nice to hear. As a Laker fan, he was a waste of bench space. As someone who watches a lot of college games he was someone I loved to watch. When we traded for him for Vlad Radmonovic I was extatic, but I would have never guessed throw in Shannon Brown would have been the real prize. I really do hope Adam makes a NBA team this year that can use his kind of services and make him at least semi-relevant again. Good luck bro.

  13. borderline1988 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Guy can’t guard anyone and can be pushed around on the court. He doesn’t have a complete offensive game either (unlike, say Turkoglu 5 years ago).

    So unless he’s really producing on the offensive end as a 6th man, he’s not at all useful to an NBA team.

  14. cantonbound13 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Bring back the 70s porn star satche Adam!

  15. itsthemelman82 - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    MVP chants during a summer league game??? Then again, every team seems to have that happen on a nightly bais. Good luck to Adam this season though.

  16. jimsjam33 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Clippers … Exit Ryan Gomes ….Enter Adam Morrison

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