Tag:Adam Morrison
Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:43 am

Adam Morrison ejected after shoving match video

Posted by Ben Golliver

2006 NBA lottery pick Adam Morrison signed up with Crvena Zvezda of the Serbian league less than a month ago, but he's wasted no time in making a strong first impressions mark. In a game against Germany's Bayern Munich, Morrison got into a tussle with Bogdan Radosavlejevic that led to his eventual ejection, much to the crowd's delight.

Following a missed Crvena Zvezda jumper, the two players got caught up on each other going for the rebound, and as they came back down the court, both took exception to the other's excessive contact. The two then faced off chest to chest, with Radosavlejevic shoving Morrison hard with both hands into his body. Morrison fell backwards slightly but caught himself, and eventually had to be restrained by both a teammate and a referee. Both he and Radosavlejevic were escorted from the court and, as Morrison departed, he was saluted by his teammates and cheered on by the home fans. 

Via Sportando.net, here's the video of Adam Morrison getting ejected in Serbia after a tussle uploaded by YouTube user MrRedStarBelgrade.

Morrison lasted just three seasons in the NBA due to a knee injury and the fact that he couldn't guard anyone. The No. 3 overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats out of Gonzaga, he also played for the Los Angeles Lakers, posting career averages of 7.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.4 minutes per game.
Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:46 am
Edited on: September 13, 2011 11:48 am

Adam Morrison signs in Serbia; NBA over for him?

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 ESPN.com.

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.
Posted on: March 23, 2011 1:34 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 2:37 pm

Jimmer Fredette is risky business for the draft

Jimmer Fredette has lit up the college basketball world all the way to the Sweet 16. But what do his pro prospects look like?
Posted by Matt Moore

Jimmer Fredette was easily the most recognizable player coming into the NCAA Tournament this year, and remains the most prolific player in the Sweet 16. He's the type of player who brings people's imaginations out to play. They're captivated by what he does. And what he does is score. As long as you have an incredible scoring ability at the college level, people will proclaim your greatness and defend you from the scrutiny of draft evaluations. Take for example, some of the comments from Ken Berger's latest discussion with NBA personnel on the BYU senior:
"The old saying is that hopefully you can teach people to defend at least to a certain point," one Eastern Conference GM said. "But you can't teach the offensive skill set that he has."

Or, as another GM put it:
"You start talking about elite shooters, which he's proven himself to be, how many of those guys have come into this league as elite shooters and failed? Not many."

It's really great to see NBA executives willing to take a chance on a player based on the results he's shown in college, not based on upside or potential or athleticism or defense or explosiveness or ability to guard any competent NBA player for a single possession. 
You see where I'm going with this, right?
Have the GM's learned nothing from Adam Morrison? Has the long and prolific history of draft busts who were awesome at shooting in college but had questionable athleticism, size, and defensive prowess completely whipped past their heads on the way to Jersey Sale Island? Fredette, as Berger repeatedly mentions, is terrific at creating off-balance shots from either foot. Which will be really helpful when he's getting swallowed alive by guards with more wingspan than three Jimmers put together with an Ammo. He really is a brilliant college scorer. But that's just it. The NBA isn't college. The game's rules and objectives may be the same, but how they operate is completely different. 

For starters, offensively, Jimmer's basically looking at a Kyle Korver type role. A spot-up shooter only, since his speed, leaping ability, and size will ensure that any mid-range floaters, leaners, or runners will wind up getting eclipsed by the long arms he'll find at the pro-level. Korver can't defend either, after all, and he really just needs to stick to the perimeter. But Korver's 6-7. He's got five inches and a bulkier frame on Fredette, which limits teams' ability to drive him into the post and abuse him. Fredette would have to play point guard due to his height, and from there, he's looking at guarding either the fastest players in the league at a time when the ability at that position is at an all-time high, or getting put into the post against players like Deron Williams who will bruise him into a pulp. 

The other obvious comparison for Fredette is J.J. Redick, as we mentioned. Redick was a pure shooter coming out of Duke and many questioned his ability to play in the NBA. But Redick spent two years bulking up on muscle and focusing on defense. Now he's one of the better defenders on the perimeter Orlando has and arguably the best defender of Ray Allen in the league, thanks to a near-pathological drive to bust through repeated screens by the Celtics.  Can Fredette copy that model? Tom Ziller of SBNation.com pointed out in January that Redick is stronger and bigger than Jimmer. In short: whatever limitations can be mitigated in regards to Jimmer's size are emboldened by his physical abilities and whatever shortfalls can be mitigated in regards to his abilities eventually overwhelm his stock due to his lack of size. 

But hey, lots of players can't play defense in this league. Many of them will be teammates for Fredette when he lands on a lottery squad. So what's the big deal on that front? The issue is that you have to find an offensive repertoire you can rely on to create open looks. Fredette's best option when faced with a capable defense at BYU is to simply step back and shoot from longer range. The first time Fredette launches a 40-foot J in the NBA will be the last time a teammate passes to him. Maybe he can adopt the leaning shots that Manu Ginobili routinely drains over more athletic opponents. Except Ginobili is four inches taller than Fredette and his speed is good enough to create havoc against a defense, even if he's not explosive like C-4. 

In reality, there's no real comparison to Fredette in the NBA, and that's a bad thing. It's one thing to have no comparable set of athletic talent because you're so superior in that regard. After all, there was no one to compare LeBron James to when he entered the league at 18, either. But with Fredette, it's difficult to find a comparison because most players of that mold have not lasted long enough to succeed. 

This isn't to say Fredette has no shot. There are always exceptions, and those are often times some of the greatest players. (One colleague suggested Larry Bird to me this week. After I was through cackling my way into choking on a sandwich, I pointed out that Bird was about as brutally big and tough as a forward comes and that Bird was 6-9, for crying out loud.) And as Berger notes, he could be a fine bench option. But who uses their first-round draft pick north of the 20th overall to draft a 15-minutes-per-game pure shooter who you can't leave in if you need stops?  No one drafts for reasonable value in the NBA, everyone tries to get that special player that's fallen to your spot. Ironically, it's that same idea that will draw GMs to draft Fredette, thinking he has something special to offer, based off how special he's been in college (and he is a wonder at that level). 

But before they do, they should check and see the measurements Fredette provides in his pre-draft workouts. Check his vertical leap, his shuttle time, his 40-time, his standing reach. See how they measure up not only against the more athletic members of his class, but against the players who have tried, and failed, before him to bring the pure skill game of college to the sharp and brutal athletic gauntlet of the NBA. Someone will be brave enough to take Jimmer high in the first round. In this instance however, fortune may not favor the bold
Posted on: October 22, 2010 11:54 am
Edited on: October 22, 2010 11:59 am

The happier NBA Ammo moments in pictures

This really isn't meant to be as mean as it comes across. Posted by Matt Moore

Adam Morrison was cut yesterday from Wizards camp, putting more questions out as to whether Ammo's NBA career may be over. A highly touted pick out of Gonzaga, the mustachioed youngster struggled mightily with NBA defenses that were able to defend his shooting prowess with superior athleticism. Eventualy he wound up on the Lakers, and won two rings as a seldom-used bench figure, often in a suit and tie.

After not being re-signed, he made camp with Washington, but couldn't hold on. It's probably a very sad day for Adam Morrison. So to boost his spirits, here are some of the happier moments from Ammo's NBA career, through the camera's eye.

Farewell, old friend, until we meet again down the road.
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