Adam Morrison Goes Off - Bobcats Beat San Antonio
Morrison Shooting Over Duncan, Finley, and Parker
Okay, I know what hoops fans are thinking. Bill is worse than Dick Cheney - cherry-picking the intelligence. Adam Morrison played poorly in his first start Friday and followed that with another awful game. To tell you the truth, I almost blogged about those games because I thought his comments afterwards were right on the money.
See, what I got watching Gonzaga play the last few years is a sense of this guy's mental toughness. He is a gun-slinger from the Wild West, and he might get beat up in the saloon every now and then, but he is mentally prepared to fight back. He knows who he is and he doesn't doubt himself. He doesn't need a sports psychologist or a therapist. Plus he can shoot the lights out. Here's what Spurs coach Greg Popovich said, "He's a scoring machine. He's a fantastic young talent." Here's one other quote from the linked article: "Much of Morrison's night came against Spurs forward Bruce Bowen, who has three straight NBA All-Defensive first team honors."
I'm going to move on from making this a Blazers mistake. It was, but I'm pulling for the Blazers. LeMarcus has an amazing upside. Brandon Roy was a brilliant pick and the injury is one of those things. But not taking Morrison was more than a mistake - it was a Blazers disaster.
Imagine Brandon Roy and Adam Morrison working together. Anytime one of them slumps you'd get your Washington State - Washington wisecracks and we'd be right back in business. This was a franchise going out of its way not to see what was right there to be seen. And the sportswriters in this town didn't exactly commit with their expertise either. This was a no-brainer, and they blew it. 27 against San Antonio for a rookie a few games in? Are you kidding me?
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