Morrow and D-12 go way back

During an interview with a Russian media outlet during the lockout, Magic center Dwight Howard was asked what five NBA players he’d like to play with.

Chris Paul, Stephen Jackson. What’s his name, Deron Williams. And Anthony Morrow,” Howard responded. “I got five, Monta Ellis, I really like him.”

Morrow said Monday he’s known Howard for a while since the two played against one another in the AAU circuit and at NBA camps while they were in high school. Howard hails from Atlanta, while Morrow grew up in Charlotte.

“I’ve known him for a long time. We’re pretty good friends. We’ve got a lot of mutual friends. He’s always a guy we’ve been pretty cool.”

Morrow called being named by Howard “an honor.”

“For him to mention me, that means a lot to me and I really appreciate that,” he said.

Morrow, the second-most accurate 3-point shooter in NBA history, would certainly enjoy playing with Howard. Although, he was quick to mention that like Howard, Brook Lopez, the center the Nets already have, commands double-teams as well.

Morrow is presumably the Nets’ starting shooting guard going into the season, but he may wind up battling first-round pick MarShon Brooks for the spot.

“I don’t look at it like it’s set in stone,” Morrow said. “I want to earn it like I did last year. That’s how I’ve been my whole career.”