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Adam Morrison
Adam Morrison
Position: None
Born: 07/19/84
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
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.”
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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.
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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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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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.
“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.”
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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.
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.