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Morris Twins plan to turn around Suns
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On July 17, 2013 @ 2:54 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Paul Coro, USA TODAY Sports
LAS VEGAS — Marcus Morris always envisioned having moments like the game-winning shot he made at the buzzer Monday night.
It just was never going to be in NBA summer league two years after he was drafted. But after being cast off by the Houston Rockets and winding up with diminishing time at the end of last season with the Phoenix Suns, Morris needed to be here to start a clean slate with his new coach, Jeff Hornacek.
When the Suns traded for Morris in February, the primary thought was that pairing him with twin brother Markieff would bring the best out in both, but it was also to add a player with motor, athleticism and shot creation. He created a great shot Monday. Even after missing nine of his first 13 shots, Marcus Morris took an inbound in a tie game Monday night at Thomas & Mack Center and dribbled by the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Solomon Jones before pulling up for a 20-foot shot that gave the Suns a 91-89 victory.
Morris thought those sort of moments were coming when he seemed liberated by getting traded to the Suns, but he wound up being benched for four entire games in the last month of the season by interim coach Lindsey Hunter and playing fewer than 10 minutes in five others, while Wes Johnson, now a Los Angeles Laker via free agency, was getting more playing time.
“That was last year,” Morris said. “You’ve got to keep it behind you. This year, I’ve been in Phoenix a lot, just working hard and getting my body right and getting in better shape. I’m happy that me and ‘Kieff actually played summer league, because it helps us go right into the season in good shape and we can keep building from here.”
When Hornacek took over, he told Morris that he envisions him as a big small forward who can stretch the floor, post and play in the pick-and-roll. Marcus and Markieff, who bought a Valley home together in March, were coming to the US Airways Center practice floor twice a day this summer to work on their … [For more on Twins Marcus, Markieff Morris plan to turn around Suns, click here.]
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