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Adam Morrison
Adam Morrison
Position: -
Born: 07/19/84
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Earnings: $16,920,989 ($23,665,349*)
Adam Morrison: So we used to have an unwritten rule in the league and most teams did it. If your team played each other in basketball or football it’s an automatic $100 bet. Gonzaga played Carolina in the Garden when I was, after my rookie year and we won. So I saw him at the Christmas party and I was ‘hey you owe me a 100 bucks.’ I was just kind of like joking and he’s like ‘oh yea, no problem’, but he pulled out a f—, I mean, this thing had to be like eight to 10 grand out of his, you know his pocket and he’s like ‘here you go.’ And then we are playing. We used to play cards on the plane… before all that crazy stuff in Washington went down. And we’d play booray and then we would play Texas Hold ’em and Mike, he barely flew with us ’cause like I sad, he wasn’t the GM – wasn’t the owner, he was a minority owner then but he flew with us on one of the road trips.
Adam Morrison: And somebody asked him like ‘hey do you want to play cards with us?’ He was like sure but then we were like, alright, you can’t bring like $50,000 and just bet everybody off every hand. We’re gonna cap it like $1,000 bet max. So him and Gerald Wallace were in a hand… There was like a straight draw flush draw on the flop and you can tell Mike was drawn to something. Gerald bet $300 into him and Mike literally goes ‘$300? I’d watch two monkeys f— for $300.’ Everybody was laughing… He was always cool.

“I was 26 at the time, number three pick [in the 2006 NBA draft], a really low point in my life, and I got a text from Robert Lara, the Lakers security and one of Kobe’s best friends. He said ‘Hey, what’s your address, I’ve got something in the mail for you.’” Morrison assumed he was getting a magazine from Lara, whom he had a friendship with during his time with the Lakers. “I get the package, and it’s an autographed jersey from Didier Drogba, who was my favorite player,” Morrison said. “I’m a Chelsea fan. It was from Kobe. A game-worn jersey, signed by Didier Drogba, ‘To Adam, Best Wishes.’”
“The night he passed, I’m scrolling through, reading everything, and I’m emotional,” Morrison said. “And on Chelsea’s Instagram page, it’s him with Didier Drogba holding up a jersey and it says ‘To Adam, Best Wishes.’ So he went up to my favorite player, got it signed for me without me even asking, and sent it to me when he knew I was low. It’s unbelievable. I still have the jersey. That’s what Kobe Bryant was, man. He was just one of those dudes who understood his own aura and could sense when people were down.” Morrison said he was lucky to play alongside Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, two-time Finals MVP and one-time regular season MVP. Bryant was posthumously elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Even though the Lakers chose to waive the promising young guard in favor of Devontae Cacok of the South Bay Lakers, Norvell’s journey in the NBA is far from over, as he has shown the potential to be a force on the next level. ClutchPoints recently spoke with someone that knows Norvell and the Lakers quite well, with two-time NBA champion and Gonzaga legend Adam Morrison sharing his thoughts on the 22-year-old. “Great player. Great shooter,” Morrison said of Norvell. “We wish we could still have him at Gonzaga. He was terrific for us. Like I said, I called the games, so I watched his whole career up close.”
“I think he’s got a chance,” Morrison said. “Obviously, there are things he’s got to improve on. That’s everybody that walks into the NBA. You figure that out pretty quick. “Good kid. Hard worker. Wishing him all the best … Great kid! And his background, he was inner-city Chicago. He was in the real Chicago. Us at Gonzaga, we love trying to help kids out who work hard and are good kids and kind of get out of ruts and turn their lives in for the better.”