Adam Morrison just got done playing 9 games in 13 days after he played for the Brooklyn Nets‘ Summer League Team in Orlando, and did the same with the Clippers’ Summer team in Vegas. “I’m tired, to be honest,” Morrison said after scoring 18 points in the Clippers’ 77-74 loss to the Bulls. “I’ve been going since July 5, but I’m trying to make it into the league so this is what I had to do.”
The one-time co-National Player of the Year out of Gonzaga has had a turbulent NBA career, which has included a torn ACL in his second year and two championship rings with the Lakers as a little used reserve.
“For a guy like me, I’ve kind of been typecast so I kind of have to prove that I’m not what people think of me or whatever,” Morrison said. “It’s difficult but it’s the predicament [that I’m in]. This is the only chance I get.”
Morrison showed off a much more well rounded game this summer, than he did in his first two seasons; he handled the ball well and has shown improved passing touch as well.
“I understand, still, this is Summer League, and all, but I still showed that I can handle [the ball],” Morrison said. “And that I’m healthy and can move around.”
Clippers Summer League coach Robert Pack thought Morrison played well after Sunday’s win over the Celtics.
“I think today he did a really good job of reading screens and getting off the ball, attacking the basket, and when guys doubled him he made the passes,” Pack said. “It showed that guys who are just shooters they only see you if you’re sitting on top of the rim, but today he was able to make some passes that really showed him as a basketball player.”
He definitely looks more well-rounded, but it is still scoring that could potentially land him on an NBA roster. Morrison made 13-of-21 shots from downtown (61.9%) in Vegas, while averaging 20.0 points and 5.0 rebounds.
“He’s a video game,” center Hilton Armstrong said of teammate. “I’m glad he’s on my team.”
Morrison realizes that summer league was possibly his last chance to make a team this year. He knew it was the “last time somebody could see him play” in his quest to make an opening-night roster in the fall.
“Adam’s been amazing,” Pack said. “He’s kind of known as a guy who can put the ball in the hole and we tried to put him in some situations where he could be successful and not have to force shots and just play his game. I think he took advantage of the opportunity and played very well. It was good to see him have somewhat of a big come out.”
Morrison looks like he has some of his old confidence back, and if he can show an NBA team that he can do more than just score, then we could be seeing the former Gonzaga star back in an NBA uniform.