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Adam Morrison signs in Serbia; NBA over for him?

Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:46 am
Edited on: September 13, 2011 11:48 am
Posted by Royce Young

He very well may go down as the biggest bust in NBA history. But he'll also go down as a two-time NBA champion.

Such has been the odd career of Adam Morrison. A college superstar turned No. 3 overall draft pick, has now signed a deal to play for Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, according to

Morrison's deal doesn't have NBA out, but really, does it even matter? The NBA came and went for Morrison seasons ago and he really was nothing more than a guy hanging on to a roster spot because of where he was picked. He wasn't an impact guy. Wasn't playing any minutes. And for all we know, wasn't even contributing much on the practice floor. I don't really think this deal was so much lockout inspired as it just is a career move for Morrison.

The question is: Can Morrison ever right the ship and return to the NBA? I want to say it's possible because of what he did at Gonzaga. We forget that in 2005-06, Morrison averaged 28.1 points a game, shot almost 43 percent from 3 and led the country in scoring. So when he was taken, yeah he was a bit of an awkward and strange swingman, but it's not like he didn't have ability. Did you know: Morrison actually scored 30 points in an NBA game? It's true. He did it in his rookie year against the Pacers.

Problem was, he couldn't learn to defend and couldn't figure out how to use his skillset to score in the NBA. Morrison really became like the worst version of Larry Bird you could imagine. He was The Basketball Jesus except without the actual playing and scoring and shooting and stuff. Because Morrison has always been able to shoot. He just never could get open.

And after a rocky rookie season where he didn't defend and shot just 37 percent, then a second season where he tore his ACL, Michael Jordan and the Bobcats pretty much gave up on him right then and there. I have to wonder: If they had committed to his development and worked him hard instead of just looking at him on one end and basically throwing in the towel, could he have been something? I mean, Kevin Durant was fairly awful defensively his first two seasons in the league and there was no doubt that he was going to lose his spot or anything. So why did Morrison fall into the doghouse?

So if it goes well for him in Serbia and he finds a little of his groove, could he return to the NBA and build the next great comeback story? Unlikely. But I'm not saying it can't happen. Like I said, he's got talent. He's got a heap of ability. He's just never come close to translating that to the NBA. Why? There are a lot of answers to that -- not athletic enough, didn't work hard enough, didn't understand how to fill a role -- but nothing ever makes a ton of sense for lottery busts. Unless you're Greg Oden. We get that.

Morrison wants the chance to finally play and get serious minutes. And that just wasn't happening on any NBA team. His reputation has been tarnished but that can be overcome. If he starts scoring again, someone will take notice. But right now, it feels like the Adam Morrison NBA experience has mercifully come to a close.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:50 am

Adam Morrison signs in Serbia; NBA over for him?

At least his school knows how to make the tourney every year... Romar could'nt coach his way out of a box... CBI?  Not tourney at all?? And then you tools have the nerve to mock somone who just wanted to win?  Maybe that is what is wrong with Romar and Co.  If you can't win then quit... kinda like UW's series with the Zags... you tools walked away cuz you couldn't win.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:48 am

Adam Morrison signs in Serbia; NBA over for him?

The NBA dream was essentially over for Morrison after his rookie year. Who wants a shooter who only shoots 37%, can't play defense, rebound or make plays? If he'd been drafted late in the 1st round or early in the 2nd he'd probably still have had a chance to latch on somewhere else. Instead he's in the same mix as Darko Milicic as a guy who never should have been drafted where he was and pretty much was doomed to fail before he ever stepped foot on the court.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:00 am

Adam Morrison signs in Serbia; NBA over for him?

He's socially awkward, not attractive and has bad hair.  In short he's not marketable.  No wonder why he didn't get a chance.  Then again my hometown hero MJ is a horrible GM/owner and couldn't pick a talented team if a talented scout gave him a cheat sheet.  Maybe MJ went against him one on one in practice and he wilted.  MJ hated that stuff when he played and berated players if they did wilt when he challenged them.  Maybe Morrison was broken by MJ and just needs a reboot on his confidence.  But in the NBA once you are considered damaged goods, for whatever reason, you're done.  He's done in the NBA.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:43 pm

Adam Morrison signs in Serbia; NBA over for him?

It's amazing a guy like Eddie House is still around in the NBA yet Morrison can't find a gig.  Sorry white boy...

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:41 pm

Adam Morrison signs in Serbia; NBA over for him?


Some of the playoff teams may have that luxury but most of the sub .500 teams (about half of the league) don't.  Also, I'll guarantee you that the lockdown wing stopper is a scoring threat as well.    Nobody is giving minutes to anyone to simply play D.  The specialty shooters only work when you've got scoring studs.  Nobody on the Bobcats now or then fit the bill.   

Here's some playoff teams:

Bulls:  Wing Defender was Ronnie Brewer.  Brewer was a starter in Utah and averages about 10 ppg for his career.  He may be known for defense, but he is not one-dimensional.&n
bsp; Kyle Korver was the shooter-OK I'll give you that one.  Again this is a 60+ win team not a team headed for the lottery.

Heat:  No one on the Heat counts.  They put all their eggs in one basket and all they could afford was garbage veterans willing to take bargain basement contracts.   Joel Anthony was a nice one-dimensional defensive player but he was the only center they had that didn't have an AARP card and they had 3 guys avg 75ppg.  They didn't need any scoring.  James Jones was the shooter.  He didn't even sniff the floor in the Finals.  Some specialist.  Again a bonafide playoff team.

Mavs:  Alot of good shooters but no specialty shooter.  Who was the defender?  Stevenson.  That guy can shoot and score.  Cardinal?  C'mon.

Show me the one-dimensional shooters and defenders that the Wizards, Minnesota, Toronto, (Insert Crappy Team Here) have.

I'll agree that there still are roster spots out there for shooters and defenders but only on the upper echelon teams.  The vast majority of those guys are veterans who were decent scoring contributors at one point.  No team is signing/drafting anyone that can only play D unless he's the next Mutombo. &n
bsp; How does the guy Thabeet from UConn look so far?  Notice how the Grizzlies gave up on him with a quickness.  Come to think of it, he's a way bigger bust than Morrison.  Dude was the number 2 pick.  Nice to be 7'3" with hops.  


Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:20 pm

Adam Morrison signs in Serbia; NBA over for him?

I yell bs on you .  I am going down the list of playoff teams and nearly every single one from the Griz to the Mavs to the Lakers to the Bulls to the Heat to the Celts had a lockdown wing stopper and a designated outside shooter. Go check the rosters. They're full of these types of role players. 

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 3:35 pm

Adam Morrison signs in Serbia; NBA over for him?

The knocks on him were athleticism and not strong enough. How was he supposed to gain weight to play in the NBA when he already had diabetes? He's not one of the biggest busts because the fact that someone would pick him in the lottery is inexcusable.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 3:30 pm

Adam Morrison signs in Serbia; NBA over for him?

Biggest bust in NBA History?  C'mon.  He had a decent rookie year.  There are plenty of guys that didn't even have a single good year.  The only problem with Morrison is that in today's NBA just about everything is isolation.  There aren't too many teams that that utilize specialty shooters any more.  The bottom of the benches are clogged by a bunch of young, athletic guys who are too raw to play significant minutes.  Most teams used to carry at least one specialty shooter and a lock-down defender to boot.  Role players are a dying breed.  The only (so-called) role players are 6th men who can score but can't do much of anything else (see Ben Gordon).  

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 2:25 pm

Adam Morrison signs in Serbia; NBA over for him?

Go cry Adam Morrison

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