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Wednesday And-1 Links: Adam Morrison retires, joins Gonzaga staff

Jul 25, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

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Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than we like to debate In-n-Out vs. Five Guys (it’s In-n-Out, obviously)….

• Former No. 3 overall pick Adam Morrison, considered one of the great draft busts (he was a great college shooter who never adjusted well to the longer, more athletic defenders and contested shots of the NBA) has retired from professional basketball and is joining the Gonzaga coaching staff as a student assistant. Morrison still made $16 million and he owns a championship ring, so don’t feel too bad for him.

• That 2006 draft was the one with Andrea Bargnani at the top, LaMarcus Aldridge two, Morrison three, Tyrus Thomas four and Shelden Williams five. Farther on down the board: Rudy Gay (8), J.J. Redick (11), Rajon Rondo (21), and Paul Millsap (47). Talent evaluation is not an exact science.

• Shaq’s Beverly Hills mansion, most recently owned by a Japanese pop sensation, is back on the market. It has a basketball court out back with a Superman “S” on it.

• Working as an NBA writer desensitizes you to tall people, suddenly a 6’9″ guy doesn’t seem all that big. A handful of guys still have you shaking your head saying “people can be that large?” Yao Ming was one of those guys. Here he is in a collection of photos making even tall people look short.

• Why did Mike Miller choose Memphis over OKC? He’d loved his previous time in Memphis.

• The Bucks have waived big man Bucks Gustavo Ayon. Don’t be shocked if another team picks him up.

• New coach Brad Stevens parroted Danny Ainge with the “Celtics do not tank” line. As I’ve said, it comes down to how you define tanking.

• Here’s a good recap of where Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant and the other injured stars of the NBA stand in their recoveries.

Charles Barkley, dancing with an old lady, at Ray Allen‘s birthday party.

Shawn Kemp thinks Seattle is going to get an NBA team. I think they are at the front of the line, but there are no teams on the immediate horizon to move.

• Samardo Samuels has signed with Olimpia Milano in Italy for next season.

• Pelicans guard Pierre Jackson will play with ASVEL Basket in France next season.

  1. kcroyal - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Yeah, this whole “because bloggers love bullet point” schtick got old a long time ago.

  2. ceboscuit - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Reblogged this on B'more2Boston and commented:
    The title of this article made me laugh. Didn’t realize Adam Morrison hadn’t already retired to become a porn star. No chance he doesn’t immediately hit the dorms he used to slay chicks in to see if he’s still got it.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Shaq in person is absolutely ferocious.

    Lakers, pick up Gustavo Ayon!!! PLEASE!!! My season will be complete!

    That 2006 class was trash!!! Rondo is clearly the best, at pick 21 (by the Suns, btw. Why’d they trade him again?).

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      because they’re the Suns.

  4. thekingdave - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    You should include Brandon Roy when speaking of talent in that draft. Roy would arguably be the 2nd best 2 in the NBA if not for the chronic knee problems.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:18 AM

      He’d be a top-5 SG, but let’s look at Roy’s best season compared to the seasons SGs had last year.

      Roy’s best, 08-09: 22.6 ppg, 48.0% FG, 37.7% 3PT, 82.4% FT, 4.7 RPG, 5.1 APG
      Kobe Bryant 12-13: 27.3 ppg, 46.3% FG, 32.4% 3PT, 83.9% FT, 5.6 RPG, 6.0 APG
      Dwyane Wade 12-13: 21.2 ppg, 52.1% FG, 26% 3 PT, 72.5% FT, 5.0 RPG, 5.0 APG
      James Harden 12-13: 25.9 ppg, 43.8% FG, 36.8% 3PT, 85.1% FT, 4.9 RPG, 5.8 APG

      So Roy’s best season fell short of Kobe’s and Harden’s seasons last year. He edged them both a bit in efficiency, but scored less, rebounded less, and assisted less.
      Roy’s best career season narrowly beats Wade’s last season in scoring average and assists but falls short in efficiency from the field and rebounds. Also, we’re comparing Roy’s best season to a season Wade was recovering from knee surgery early in the year and dealing with knee bruises later in the year. Aside from last year and his rookie year, Wade’s numbers have consistently beat the numbers of Roy’s best season, so a healthy Wade is better than a healthy Roy.

      But Roy probably would have been 4th best SG in the NBA last year.

  5. dezglobal - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    He was a bust yeah, but Morrison still made $16 million and he owns a championship ring, so don’t feel too bad for him. Same thing w Darko.. He made almost $30 million and owns a championship ring from the Pistons in 2004. Some guys have all the luck.

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Who spends their time feeling bad for Adam Morrison? I live in Charlotte… I spend most of my time feeling bad for the Bobcats and myself.

  7. jcmeyer10 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Scene: Gonzaga campus

    Girl: Who is that creepy guy in the Gonzaga basketball letterman jacket?

    Guy: Adam Morrison, he made like 15 million dollars in his career and is an NBA Champion. He’s back here to help coach the ‘Zags

    Girl: Mhmmm, that’s a lot of money.

    Guy: You thinking about digging for gold?

    Girl: Ehh, not worth it, look at that mustache!

    • dezglobal - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      LOLLLLLLL

  8. herkulease - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I seriously wonder what happened to Morrison. Is it a mental thing after tearing is ACL? Attitude that teams aren’t willing to deal with?

    He’s not greatest player, probably a bit over hyped out of college. But its not like as if he can’t shoot at all. There are been far worst players (excluding tall guys, size helps keep them around) who can’t do anything that hang around the NBA collecting league minimum which is still good money.

  9. jcurran77 - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Morrison was still playing?

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Overseas, he had an NBA camp tryout with the Blazers last year.

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