HoopsHype Darius Morris rumors

January 17, 2012 Updates

Unfortunately Steve got hurt that very game and Morris has quickly become the team’s second point guard. Fellow rookie Andrew Goudelock has made eight appearances for the Lakers but Coach Mike Brown has been clear that he only feels Goudelock is suitable in the role of off-guard. That means it’s Fisher and Morris for about 48 combined a night, a far cry from the inactives and DNP-CDs that Darius was racking up to start the season. “Patience, Patience is something I kept telling myself, especially being a rookie on a veteran-led team like this on the Lakers,” said Morris. “Their track record of relying on rookies to come in and play a lot of minutes is not really deep so you can’t get frustrated, you just have to control what you can control.” HoopsWorld

Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said he is aware that Lakers Coach Mike Brown wants the NBA to review power forward Blake Griffin's two-handed shove of Lakers guard Darius Morris late in the first quarter of Saturday night's game. Del Negro said Griffin's act was not "malicious." Morris was going up for a dunk during a dead ball after being fouled by point guard Chris Paul when Griffin extended both hands and pushed the Lakers rookie while he was in the air. Los Angeles Times

January 16, 2012 Updates

Lakers coach Mike Brown has asked the NBA to review the Clippers' Blake Griffin's shove of Lakers rookie Darius Morris near the end of the first quarter of Saturday's game. With 17 seconds left in the opening quarter, Chris Paul fouled Morris on his way to the basket. Morris didn't stop and continued to fly toward the basket after the referee had blown the whistle. Griffin then used both hands to shove Morris while he was in the air. No foul was called on Griffin, sending Brown into a rage. The Lakers coach had to be restrained by two assistants and received a technical foul with the Clippers holding a 27-19 lead. Orange County Register

A visibly perturbed Brown had to be restrained by assistants Chuck Person and John Kuester from coming onto the court, earning the coach a technical foul. "I acted the way I did because I did think it was wrong and I got a technical and hopefully it brought some light to what happened, but you hate giving up a point," said Brown, who apologized to his players at halftime. Brown said officials told him it was acceptable to push a player in the air "as long as he doesn't get hurt or doesn't look like he's going to get hurt." Los Angeles Times

January 15, 2012 Updates

Brown said he apologized to the team at halftime for drawing a technical foul (and giving the Clippers a point) for arguing no technical foul was called on Blake Griffin for his contact to Lakers rookie Darius Morris, who got shoved by Griffin while trying to make a post-whistle dunk. Said Brown: “I thought the play was dangerous. The rookie was in the air. … I lost my cool.” Orange County Register

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It remains unclear how the Lakers' roster will look now up through their season opener Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers have plenty of unsigned players, including Shannon Brown, Devin Ebanks, Derrick Caracter, Joe Smith and Theo Ratliff. They can exercise the so-called amnesty clause by shedding ties with Metta World Peace (three years, $21.5 million) or Luke Walton (two years, $11.46 million). Free agency beginning on Dec. 9 will also contribute to the frantic environment leading to opening day. Still, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told The Times' Mike Bresnahan that both rookies Darius Morris and Goudelock "probably deserve a chance to be looked at, and [they] have promise." Los Angeles Times

November 16, 2011 Updates

With the NBA lockout appearing to have no end in sight, Lakers rookie guard Darius Morris remains hunkered in local college and high school gyms. But Morris maintained after a workout Wednesday at Loyola Marymount University that he prefers this routine to returning to University of Michigan for his junior season. Morris considered the prospect of a lost 2011-2012 campaign before giving up his final two years of eligibility, and said he holds zero regrets. "Playing against pros will translate better in improving my game from the college to pro level," Morris said. "There's a lot of positives to leaving early. The opportunity in my position with the Lakers is something a lot of people desire to have." Los Angeles Times

October 6, 2011 Updates

Darius Morris is about to break his routine of morning workouts at Loyola Marymount University and evening scrimmages at Costa Mesa High school. The Lakers' rookie guard and former University of Michigan and Los Angeles Windward High product is set to fly to Mexico on Thursday morning to appear in a pair of exhibition games, according to his agent, Brian Dyke, who declined to say whether Morris would receive any compensation for the appearance. Los Angeles Times

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Shumpert, meanwhile, has gotten great support in the Knicks' board room in recent days, rising up the point-guard chart due to his workout two weeks. The 6-foot-5 Shumpert is now considered ahead of Michigan's Darius Morris and Kansas' Josh Selby because of his defensive ability and shooting from the perimeter. New York Post

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The Indiana Pacers will host their first pre-draft workout today at Conseco Fieldhouse, without interim coach Frank Vogel. Purdue's JaJuan Johnson, a Franklin Central graduate, highlights a group that also includes Corey Fisher (Villanova), Justin Harper (Richmond), Darius Morris (Michigan), Josh Selby (Kansas) and Chris Wright (Georgetown). The Pacers have the Nos. 15 and 42 picks in the June 23 draft. "One of four guys I like will get to us (at No. 15)," Pacers president Larry Bird said. "They're all different sizes. I think we can use some help in every area. We're going to get a player that will help us." Indianapolis Star

May 17, 2011 Updates

Massive group workouts seem to be a big theme in this year's draft proceedings. The Minnesota Timberwolves will be hosting a group workout with as many as 24 draft- hopeful participants, with representatives from 22 to 28 teams expected to be in attendance. Jonathon Givony of DraftExpress has confirmed 20 of the 24 players that will be participating in the two-day workouts scheduled for May 23-24, 2011. The list of guards confirmed for the Minnesota workout includes Butler's Shelvin Mack, Michigan State's Kalin Lucas, Iowa State's Diante Garrett, Michigan's Darius Morris, Kansas' Josh Selby, Boston College's Reggie Jackson and UCLA's Malcolm Lee. Examiner

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