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Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Spokane Police Department detectives worked together to arrest Chris Remington, Timothy Forslund, and Kevin Heaton. The men are accused of residential burglary according to detectives. Authorities said they believe the men are responsible for a rash of recent burglaries including one at the Morrison house. The suspects are accused of taking more than $50,000 cash from an elderly couple.
Former NBA Player Adam Morrison’s championship ring from his time with the Los Angeles Lakers was stolen recently from his parents North Spokane County home. Authorities said the ring was recovered in early August when police arrested the suspects. The ring is still in police custody as evidence.
Former Gonzaga star and National Player of the Year Adam Morrison is taking classes at the West Coast Conference school and will be a member of the Bulldogs’ coaching staff this season, coach Mark Few told CBSSports.com on Thursday. “He’ll be a student assistant,” Few said. “It’ll be great. The players really respect him.”
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Brad Ames of Priority Sports, which represents Morrison, told Sportando this week that the former No. 3 overall pick is indeed open to joining another team in Europe in hopes of jump-starting his career. “We are looking for a good Euroleague or Eurocup situation for (Adam),” Ames said.
During camp with the Blazers, Morrison sounded reluctant about the idea of going back overseas if things didn’t work out in Portland, but he has apparently softened that position. Morrison tested the foreign waters during the NBA lockout in 2011 with stints in Serbia and Turkey and shot better than 50% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc in both countries. The 28-year-old former Gonzaga star then returned to the United States and was a standout at the Vegas Summer League, averaging 20 points a game for the L.A. Clippers and routinely promtping MVP chants from fans. But his battle back to the league hit another road block when the Blazers let him go at the end of camp. “(At this point), Adam is open to whatever is the best move for his career, but he belongs in the NBA and that’s his goal,” Ames said. “If we don’t have anything (from Europe) over the next few weeks, Adam will consider the D-League for call-up opportunities.”
“I want to thank the Blazers’ organization for giving me a chance,” Morrison told CSNNW.com. “I’m sorry things didn’t work out, but I wish them nothing but success. Right now, I’m just going to talk to my agent and see where to go from here.”
The Trail Blazers took the first step Friday toward finalizing their final roster for Wednesday’s season opener when they informed Coby Karl, Adam Morrison and Justin Holiday that they will be waived Saturday. The cuts will bring the Blazers’ roster to 15, the league maximum. Portland will send in waiver paperwork to the league Saturday, but team officials informed the players after Friday’s practice, and they will not take part in the Blazers practice Saturday.
After Thursday’s game, the Blazers have a practice Friday before they make their final roster cuts to get down to the league maximum of 15 players. The Blazers already have 15 players under contract for the season, meaning Karl, Morrison and Justin Holiday will likely be cut Saturday. Teams have to turn in their final rosters Monday, but most will trim their rosters by Saturday to give players a chance to clear waivers by Monday.
Morrison, 28, said he had invitations to attend two other training camps, but settled on Portland because it was close to his home in Spokane, Wash., he was told he would be given a legitimate shot at making the team and the Blazers had an obvious need for a backup small forward. In his first exhibition game, he excelled against the Los Angeles Lakers, scoring nine points in 13 minutes to show he might just be able to provide an offensive spark off the bench.
Six years after a Portland radio station orchestrated a “Draft the Stache” campaign to try to help lure Morrison to the Blazers, the one-time college cult hero and former NBA lottery pick finally has donned the Blazers’ trademark pinwheel logo. But the question remains: Will he wear it beyond the exhibition season? “I hope so,” Morrison said. “(Blazers management) told me to come here and be myself, try to get baskets and battle on defense. And that’s what I’ve been doing. I know everybody is going to nit pick about my ability and my past, but I’m just here to play as best as I can and see what happens.”
Although playing basketball in Europe seems like an exotic and most likely enjoyable endeavor, Morrison made it clear as to why he left. It wasn’t homesickness or the different culture, it was more about the day-to-day life of a professional basketball player that made him want to return stateside and give the NBA another shot. “A lot of people don’t know that in Europe you might not get paid, you practice twice a day, they treat you like you’re an eighteen year-old kid,” Morrison said. “After a while you’re just like ‘alright, this is not for me, I’m too old for this,’” said Morrison, channeling Danny Glover’s character from the “Lethal Weapon” series.
After he was cut, Morrison disappeared. He never lost his love of the game but the last few years in the NBA had worn on him. “I don’t think I necessarily questioned my love of the game, I just (was) tired of playing so I decided to stay at home,” he says.
Morrison’s two daughters and girlfriend reside in nearby Spokane, Wash., a place he calls home ever since the fourth grade. He considers it a blessing that the local Trail Blazers are giving him an opportunity to prove his worth despite whatever rumors are out there about him. “The last couple of years, people wouldn’t even look at me or touch me with a 10-foot poll as far as basketball is concerned,” Morrison said. “So, it’s nice…I’m local in a sense. It’s hard to be real truly local in the NBA, but I’m a Northwest guy so hopefully I can put it together.”
After being out of the league the last two years, Morrison, 28, told CSNNW.com that if he didn’t make the Trail Blazers’ regular season roster, he has plans to end his professional playing career and start a new one. “I’m going to finish school and start coaching (If he didn’t make the Trail Blazers roster)…I did the Europe thing and it just wasn’t for me,” Morrison told CSNNW.com. “Not saying the (Europe) culture or anything like that, (or) the people, it just wasn’t for me. So, yeah, if it doesn’t work out, I’m willing to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘I gave it a honest shot’ and turn the page. Do something else.”
This isn’t the way it typically goes for top-five picks, especially players like Morrison who were so wildly celebrated as can’t-miss prospects. But after coming up short in Charlotte, languishing with the Lakers and giving up on the game altogether before playing in Serbia and Turkey last year, Morrison — who last played in an NBA game on April 27, 2010 — will have another shot to show he belongs. “I just think it’ll be a great opportunity for him,” Bartelstein said. “I don’t know that there’s ever been a guy who got less of an opportunity in the NBA who came out as highly drafted as Adam did. He had a really good rookie year, and then tore his ACL and really hasn’t had a chance to play since then.”
From the Gonzaga hype to NBA hell and back again, Adam Morrison isn’t done just yet. The 28-year-old, who was taken third in the 2006 draft, has accepted an invitation to Portland’s training camp, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein. Should Morrison take advantage of the void left by Blazers guard Elliot Williams’ season-ending Achilles injury last week and impress enough to earn a roster spot, his deal will be for one year at the league’s minimum salary.
Sam Amick: Adam Morrison has agreed to sign a make-good deal with Portland for training camp, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein.
“It’s highs and lows definitely, but yeah, I still enjoy it,” said Morrison, who scored 917 points as a rookie but just 283 in the NBA since. “It’s tough, but I look at it in a way that my problems as far as basketball are really not that big a deal compared to other people’s problems. I sincerely mean that. And you know, I was on a good team [with the Lakers]. So it wasn’t like I was on a really bad team and still didn’t get an opportunity. Just didn’t get minutes. I understood and we were loaded, that’s what happens.”
Summer league, full of young legs, fresh faces and futures as far as the eye can see, is usually about beginnings. For Adam Morrison, it could be the end. The 6-foot-8 forward is chasing more than loose balls and open jumpers on the practice court inside the Amway Center this week, in front of a throng of NBA coaches and scouts. He’s running after one more chance to finally belong in the NBA, gunning for a long-shot spot on the Brooklyn roster. “I’m here to see if something can happen,” Morrison said.
“I don’t think I’d go back to Europe. It’s a long way and I’ve got two daughters now. I don’t have regrets. I’ve had plenty of experiences. “I’m pretty sure that if nothing else happens, then I’ll probably go home, finish school (sports management) and get into coaching. There’s only so long that you can go after something. Then it’s time to move on.”
He moves around the floor well among all of the young prospects in the summer league and can hit the open shot. Yet, at this point, there is nothing particular in Morrison’s game that says he’s ready to take the step that’s been beyond him for the past six years. “All I can do is show up here every day and try to do what’s asked of me by the coaching staff and play the game to the best of my ability and let things happen,” he said. “If I play well, maybe I get a chance here or maybe somebody from another NBA team likes me enough to invite me to their camp.
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