Adam Morrison: Exit interview and video

June, 22, 2010
6/22/10
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Adam Morrison played a total of 241 minutes this season. Honestly I was surprised it was that high. The entirety of his Lakers career was 285 minutes. You'd be hard pressed to remember a more than a handful, particularly if you have large hands.

He's well liked by his teammates and well-mocked by talk shows.

But while Morrison clearly didn't have any appreciable impact in purple and gold, nor has his career been a rousing success generally, I still find his story compelling. By all accounts, since arriving in L.A. he's worked hard and done what he could to contribute. He just didn't have a prayer of doing it on a team as successful as the Lakers. Particularly, as he points out in the video below, given how stacked they are at the wing.

His has been a rough career, beginning with being over-drafted by Michael Jordan, a tough start for any player (just ask Kwame Brown). After an unproductive rookie season, knee injuries robbed him of his already questionable NBA caliber athleticism. He couldn't work his way back in Charlotte and was buried in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, already reluctant with the media, Morrison damn near became an apparition, no surprise since probably 90 percent of the questions he's asked amount to some form of "Dude, what the hell happened to you?"

Even Tuesday, Morrison had to return to the building after his meeting with Phil Jackson and Mitch Kupchak to meet with the laptop-and-recorder set, evading a member of the P.R. staff and disappearing into thin air. Maybe he didn't realize he was supposed to talk to us. More likely he knew and hoped not to.

I don't feel sympathy for Morrison like I would flood victims or friends struggling to find a job. He's made more money failing in the NBA than I will if I live to be 500 years old. He'll be fine. But at this point, the former Gonzaga scoring machine isn't hoping to be a star, he just wants to find a home in the league and no longer serve as a punchline. Morrison won't get that chance with the Lakers and I have serious doubts as to whether he'll manage to do it at all.

But he's a decent guy who handled himself well here. I'd like to be wrong on this one. Even if you disagree, it's still an interesting interview.

PREVIOUS 2010 EXIT INTERVIEWS:

-Jordan Farmar
-Lamar Odom

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