Lakers’ Morris Learns From Starting
“It was a great experience,” Morris said of starting. “I definitely got a lot better. It’s kind of crazy – I went from not playing second string to starting. I just thank God for the experience and I definitely got a lot better during that time. I’ve learned a lot, through the ups and the downs, and just being out there on the court. Working out a lot can’t simulate in-game experience.”
He has played well considering the circumstances. It’s not easy for a point guard to produce while adjusting to new teammates, new coaches and new systems. It’s also difficult to be the facilitator for several future Hall of Famers when you’re just 21 years old and have very little NBA experience.
“You don’t think about it, but being the guy who is running the show, they’re all looking at you and of course they all want the ball,” Morris said. “It’s up to you to make the right decisions, deciding where that ball needs to go. They do a pretty good job of respecting me when I have the ball in my hands, trusting me. It is kind of weird, being 21 when everyone else is in their 30s.”