HoopsHype Adam Morrison rumors


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But when the ejection video started making the rounds back in his hometown of Spokane, Wash., it was as if a missing person's case had finally been solved. In the eyes of those who know him best, the comeback that mattered most was already complete. "We were just tickled pink that he found his passion again," his father said of the thoughts that crossed his mind while watching on his computer from home. "It made my heart feel good to see him out there on the court like that again." Said Don MacLean, the all-time leading scorer at UCLA who has trained Morrison since the summer leading into the draft: "It looked like the guy I met two weeks after his college season ended -- kicking ass and taking names and talking s--- and all that stuff that made him so good." Added his agent, Mark Bartelstein: "It was almost like an exorcism, like something had been taken out of his soul. To watch him play with that chip on his shoulder, with that fervor, and angry like he played at Gonzaga, it's just great to see it. It's like the guy is back." SI.com

The locals are loving this, loving him. But no one is loving this as much as Morrison. "It was such an adrenaline rush and an emotional high to be out there on the court again," Morrison said. "Everybody who has done something in their life that they've had a passion for or done for a long time, and then all of a sudden it's not there anymore, and then it comes back to you in such a rush [can relate]. "I would've run through a brick wall that night for anything. Goose bumps. Sweating. That whole day, I've never been so focused. It was a friendly game, and I was thinking, 'All right, I'm going nuts tonight. I don't care what happens. I was ready to fight, to do anything, just to play." SI.com

He embraced life as a stay-at-home dad, enjoying his kids, ages 3½ and five months. He thought about finishing his college degree or perhaps beginning a coaching career, but never moved forward with those plans. The man who used to only operate in fifth gear was officially in neutral. "It was a mental break," Morrison said of that time, "just inhaling and exhaling and being with the family." What he didn't do was play basketball. "I didn't touch a ball, didn't want to watch basketball, didn't really want to be associated with it," he said. "I wanted to be forgotten as far as the public spotlight. "To be honest with you, I just said, 'I don't know if I really want to play anymore.' That was the bottom line. It wasn't the fact that I didn't like basketball. I was just fed up with people taking shots at me for the way my career went." SI.com

His biggest supporters, meanwhile, have been convinced all over again that he could eventually be an impactful player in the NBA. MacLean, who trains Bartelstein's clients in L.A., sees him as a potent sixth man if that time ever comes. "He's the guy who comes in [off the bench] and is the second-leading scorer on your team," MacLean said. "He's the kind of guy where the minute he comes in, the game is geared toward him. ...You get him shots, and he makes them. And he makes tough shots. With his will and confidence -- if he brings it back to the league -- I have no doubt he can be that guy." SI.com

September 13, 2011 Updates

Marc Stein: Morrison's deal does NOT contain an NBA out, so he's in Serbia for the season, determined to play and play a lot to work his way back to NBA Twitter

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Former Gonzaga star Adam Morrison, trying to resurrect his pro career after not playing in the NBA last season, is in serious talks to sign with Serbian club power Crvena Zvezda, according to his agent. Mark Bartelstein, Morrison's Chicago-based representative, confirmed Friday that there have been "real conversations" between the parties and acknowledged legitimate interest "on both sides" after overseas reports described the deal as all but done. The Serbian website Mondo reported earlier Friday that the deal will go through with the Serbian club more commonly known as Red Star Belgrade, but Bartelstein said by phone that no deal has been finalized. ESPN.com

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Asecco Prokom is showing serious interest in Adam Morrison and Ime Udoka. The Polish team would like to add at least one of the two players trying to win for another year the national title. Sportando

December 16, 2010 Updates

Banca Tercas Teramo, after the proposal turned down by Danny Green, received the NO even from Adam Morrison. Former Gonzaga star and third overall in the 2006 NBA draft is actually free agent after the preseason spent with Washington Wizards. Sportando

October 21, 2010 Updates

Adam Morrison's time with the Wiz is over. His agent just confirmed that the former No. 3 pick was released today. Sean Marks is also done. He never had a chance to show anything with a pulled hamstring keeping Tim Duncan's "former practice dummy" limited Washington Post

October 7, 2010 Updates

"I led the nation in scoring,'' Morrison said. "I had a good college career. So I understood why I got picked so high. I just had a weird deal. I got traded to a team that had really good players at my position. Not just good players, Hall of Famer, legend (Kobe Bryant) and Ron Artest. It wasn't like guys on the bench were playing 20 to 30 minutes. ... Everybody looks at it like I was -- I guess I was the lone guy (on the Lakers who almost never played) -- like I was playing for a CBA team (and couldn't get off the bench).'' FanHouse.com

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