Adam Morrison will give the NBA one more shot
by Reid Cherner, USA TODAY
The vagabond basketball journey of Adam Morrison stops in Portland. No matter what happens.
Morrison, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, will either stick with the Trailblazers or he’ll find a new life.
The former Gonzaga star tells Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com that he’ll be at peace either way.
The 28-year-old said “I’m going to finish school and start coaching” if the Trailblazers cut him. “I did the Europe thing and it just wasn’t for me….So, yeah, if it doesn’t work out, I’m willing to look myself in the mirror and say ‘I give it a honest shot’ and turn the page.”
And he’s not looking for any sympathy.
“It’s funny, people act like just because it didn’t work out, my life is just horrible,” Morrison said. “It’s not that bad. Ok, it didn’t go well, but it’s not like I’m destitute, and broke, and homeless. There’s a lot of people who have had worst things happen than not making it in a certain career. I’m a father, I enjoy other activities. Life’s alright.”
Morrison, a 6-foot-8 wingman, has played in 161 games in five seasons and averaged 7.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists a game.
Here is Morrison and team GM Neil Olshey talking about his chances. (Thanks to oregonlive.com for the video assist)… [For more on Adam Morrison will give the NBA just one more shot, click here.]