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Monte Morris
Monte Morris
Position: G
Born: 06/27/95
Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Salary: $1,588,231
Monte Morris recently spoke with former Iowa State teammate Georges Niang on CampusLore about who he modeled his game after. “The guy that I try to mirror my game after was Chauncey, Chauncey Billups,” Morris said. “He was more of a knockdown shooter, got his guys involved. Wasn’t too flashy, wasn’t too fast, you know like myself. So I just tried to mirror my game like him, and just like Chauncey, he’s always been a winner no matter where he went.”
Monte Morris: “When he was in Denver playing basketball in high school, he won two state championships. Got to college and won and got a chance to get drafted where he did in the first round. So always mirrored my game after Chauncey, and then when he got to the league, his Detroit run was amazing. I’m a Michigan guy so I saw a lot of him beating that Kobe and Shaq team. So yea, Chauncey’s always been a guy that I was learning from before I had known him, but now I know him so I’m still learning from him.”
“When he tweeted that, I definitely had to say something just to let him know, which I know he knows, everybody has his back,” Morris said. “Just let him know that I could have been better. … Just had to let him know don’t put all that stress and everything on your shoulders. You got other guys with you that could have stepped up and made the game easier.” Nuggets head coach Michael Malone agreed with Morris. “I never want one player taking the blame because the reality is, when we win, we win as a team, and when we lose, we lose as a team,” Malone said. “Did Jamal play great against Golden State? No. But he wasn’t the only one. It’s a noble act by Jamal, but more importantly, I think it’s great when a guy says, ‘You know what, I didn’t play my best so I am going to come out and have a better game the next one.’”
“When he tweeted that, I definitely had to say something just to let him know, which I know he knows, everybody has his back,” Morris said. “Just let him know that I could have been better. … Just had to let him know don’t put all that stress and everything on your shoulders. You got other guys with you that could have stepped up and made the game easier.” Nuggets head coach Michael Malone agreed with Morris. “I never want one player taking the blame because the reality is, when we win, we win as a team, and when we lose, we lose as a team,” Malone said. “Did Jamal play great against Golden State? No. But he wasn’t the only one. It’s a noble act by Jamal, but more importantly, I think it’s great when a guy says, ‘You know what, I didn’t play my best so I am going to come out and have a better game the next one.’”
But that role has been diminished this season, largely because the Nuggets have been far healthier. During Denver’s first 32 games, Morris averaged just 17.6 minutes, down from the 24 per game he saw last season. Morris has never complained about the reduction in playing time, but a rhythm was hard to find. He began second-guessing himself. “I feel like I’m my biggest opponent,” Morris said. “I can get down on myself if I miss a couple shots. When I make shots, I actually feel good about myself. I feel like I’m my own — I stop myself, you know what I’m saying? Going forward, I’ve just got to come out with the same urgency and same intensity and bring it every night.”
1. Denver Nuggets. WAR: 85.1 | Best Under-25 Players: Nikola Jokic (41.0), Jamal Murray (21.2), Monte Morris (10.3). Five NBA teams had an average age (weighted by production) below 25 last season: • Knicks, 17 wins • Suns, 19 wins • Bulls, 22 wins • Kings, 39 wins • Nuggets, 54 wins. Denver’s 2018-19 season was an aberration. Teams that young typically win about 30 games or fewer, but the Nuggets—who earned the no. 2 seed in the West—stand apart from their youthful brethren. Denver’s second-round playoff loss registered as a disappointment in the moment, but for a group of players who had never even reached the playoffs before, last season’s result was bounds better than the preseason expectation.
Before kicking off their weekends, several Denver Nuggets players went through a grueling workout session at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The high altitude (the amphitheatre sits at 6,450 feet above sea level at its peak height) and plethora of steep steps provide the players with a challenging training session. Monte Morris, Will Barton, Jarred Vanderbilt, Michael Porter Jr., Thomas Welsh and Brandon Goodwin participated in the Friday morning workout.
“He (Porter Jr.) is special for sure,” Nuggets guard Monte Morris added. “He can handle it, shoot it and he’s 6’11”. He’s a freak athlete. The best thing about Michael is that he feels he’s the best player on the court at all times, no matter who is out there. He carries that swagger about himself, so I feel it will be easy for him to adjust when he steps into the rotation because with that swagger, you will go out there and play confident.”
Storyline: Michael Porter Injury
We don’t know for certain if it’s this week. Or the next. But we do know this: The Nuggets (37-18 entering Monday night’s game) aren’t turning the screws on the rest of the Western Conference without big brother Isaiah pushing his younger teammates, be it in the locker room, in practice, or from his seat at the end of the bench. “We probably wouldn’t be this high along in the West if he wasn’t in our locker room,” point guard Monte Morris, one of the franchise’s — and the league’s — great narratives of 2019, said of Thomas. “(He’s) giving us tips on guys he played and just knowing how to pull through. I look up to him a lot, not just because he’s at my position, just what he’s been through and everything. So we’re looking forward to having him back. Everybody knows what he brings to the table, and when you add that on top of what we’re doing right now, we should be really, really good.”
“We probably won’t be this high along in the West if he wasn’t in our locker room,” point guard Monte Morris, one of the franchise’s — and the league’s — great narratives of 2019 said of Thomas. “(He’s) giving us tips on guys he played and just knowing how to pull through. I look up to him a lot, not just because he’s at my position, just what he’s been through and everything. So we’re looking forward to having him back.”
Nuggets coach Michael Malone also went to Flint on Sunday, as did Denver guard Will Barton. Both have seen the love Iowa State fans in arenas across the league have shown for Morris all season. But there was something even deeper in his hometown. “One thing I love about Monte is how loyal he is to where he grew up,” Malone said. “You could see all the people that showed up just hoping to see Monte, talk to him and how much pride they’re taking in Monte’s success at the NBA level, and that’s what you want to see from all your players.”
The hard work paid off for Morris, who, after a strong showing in the Summer League, was rewarded with a three-year deal from the Nuggets reportedly worth $4.8 million. The deal, a full NBA contract, assures Morris of a roster spot with Denver and means his day of bouncing between the NBA and Gatorade League may be done. “I was happy for sure — relieved to know that the made way for me,” Morris said. “They traded some guys, drained some money and opened up a spot for me. Now I’ve got to go two times harder … because every year, it’s 60 more people to try and come take your jobs.”
As great as the contract has been for Morris, that’s not the only big thing to happen to him this summer. He’s also made headlines recently off the court for his relationship with actress and model Amber Rose. It’s gotten the attention of news outlets like TMZ, which who have suddenly started writing about Morris. He said he’s not letting the new attention get to him. “I really don’t get caught up into it,” Morris said. “Once it happened, I was like, OK. I wasn’t really fazed about it.”