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Report: Adam Morrison gets training camp invite to Portland

Sep 17, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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Is Adam Morrison on his way back to the NBA?

It is not a sure thing, but he is on his way back to an NBA training camp apparently. The Portland Trail Blazers extended the former No. 3 overall pick of the Bobcats and poster child for the word bust an invitation to training camp, tweets Joel Freeman of the Oregonian.

This is not a guaranteed contract, it is a make-good deal. As of right now the Blazers have 15 guys coming to camp, which is the maximum that can be carried on an NBA roster (although most teams carry one or two less).

For those of you that rolled your eyes at the news, it’s time to join us in 2012. You should know that Morrison averaged 20 points a game for the Clippers at Summer League and added five rebounds a game. He was getting MVP chants the last night in Las Vegas and he looked pretty good there. Like the kind of guy who deserved another look.

For the fans in Vegas Morrison moved from the derided guy to the sympathetic figure, the guy you’d kind of like to see bounce back and make it. He played in Serbia last year but seems to have found himself and can put the ball in the basket. Which is, at the end of the day, what the game is about.

  1. tomshoe - Sep 17, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    FINALLY.

    I was worried to death that Ammo might be forced back overseas.

    It’s great that he’s really matured from his time in Europe and I feel that he’s ready to come back and contribute to an NBA team. Guys who can space the floor are always welcome, and the Blazers are going to be bad anyway, so what’s the risk?

    At worst, it’s Ammo vs. Luke Babbit.

  2. papichulo55 - Sep 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    The stories of MJ ‘punking’ all rookies are legendary. People hint that MJ ruined Kwame Brown during one-on-ones. Could MJ have do the same to Mr. Morrison? Shooting the ball is, after all, all about confidence. Good to hear that Adam has regained hs.

  3. furiouslytim - Sep 17, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    People who don’t root for Morrison’s comeback must also hate puppies

  4. cosanostra71 - Sep 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    this is the best news of the day. Hell I’m going to say that it’s the best news of the week and it’s only Monday.

  5. brianbosworthisstonecold - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    But where’s the ‘stache?

  6. eugenesaxe - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    The dude has championship rings, but had to do Summer League to audition for a job.
    You praise his Summer League performance, against talent he should have destroyed easily. And he wasn’t even Summer League MVP.
    Some guys just peak in college.

  7. genericcommenter - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    I’m assuming he might be competing with Jon Diebler for the last spot, since they seem pretty redundant as players. Think I’ll be rooting for Diebler. I like to see young guys at least get a chance to crack the NBA. I’d rather see a bunch of guys come through and get 2-3 years to prove themselves instead of a bunch of 30% shooting vets clinging onto roster spots for a decade and closing out any chances for 2nd Round and UDFA college stars.

    • genericcommenter - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      My Bad guys, completely screwed that up. last thing I read back in July was that Diebler was going to camp with portland, didnt even see that he was traded to Houston and the rockets told him to get lost and go to Turkey…

      Still have same sentiment though- I wouldnt mind seeing more 2nd round type talents get a chance over guys who showed in 2-3 years they couldnt even get off a shot.

  8. t16rich - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Good luck Adam. I would rather watch you instead of the other 90% of the NBA who is completely lazy and over paid.

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