Chris Morris (basketball)

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Chris Morris
No. 34, 43
Small forward / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1966-01-20) January 20, 1966 (age 48)
Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school Frederick Douglass
(Atlanta, Georgia)
College Auburn (1984–1988)
NBA draft 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Pro playing career 1988–2004
Career history
19881995 New Jersey Nets
19951998 Utah Jazz
1998–1999 Phoenix Suns
1999–2001 Olympiacos B.C. (Greece)
2001 Harlem Globetrotters
2002 Southern California Surf (ABA)
2002 Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs (Philippines)
2003–2004 Gaiteros del Zulia (Venezuela)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 8,184 (11.0 ppg)
Rebounds 3,544 (4.7 rpg)
Assists 1,182 (1.6 apg)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Christopher Vernard Morris (born January 20, 1966) is a retired American professional basketball player. In his 11 season (1988–1999) NBA career, the 6' 8" small forward played for the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, and Phoenix Suns. He is a graduate of Atlanta's Douglass High School where his jersey has been retired and played for the Auburn University Tigers. He scored 8,184 total points in his NBA career.

Early life[edit]

Born in Atlanta, Morris grew up with his mother and stepfather, as his biological father left the family when Morris was a baby. His parents divorced, and Morris would often work at his grandmother's farm.[1] Morris graduated from Frederick Douglass High School at Atlanta in 1984 where he led the basketball team to the school's only state championship. Morris was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Georgia and Douglass High School retired his [2]jersey number 34 in 1994.[3]

College career[edit]

Morris played basketball at Auburn University from 1984 to 1988. Auburn won the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament in 1985.[4] In 1987 and 1988, Morris was a first-team all-SEC pick.[5]

Professional career[edit]

NBA[edit]

Morris was drafted with the 4th overall pick in 1988 NBA Draft, and appeared in the 1989 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, finishing 8th place out of 8 contestants.

On March 2, 1993, with the New Jersey Nets, he shattered a backboard with a slam dunk during a regular season game against the Chicago Bulls.[6]

With the Utah Jazz, Morris played in the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals.

Following the 1998–99 NBA lockout, Morris signed with the Phoenix Suns in February 1999.[7]

International[edit]

Morris played internationally after 11 seasons with the NBA, starting with Olympiacos B.C. of the Greek Basket League in 1999.[8] However, Olympiacos cut Morris in 2001 due to a knee injury.[9] Morris joined the Harlem Globetrotters later that year,[10] and the Southern California Surf of the ABA signed Morris as a power forward in April 2002,[11] and Morris later debuted with Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs of the Philippine Basketball Association in July 2002.[12] Morris played with Gaiteros del Zulia of the Venezuelan LPB in the 2003–2004 season.[13]

Lawsuit against Olympiacos[edit]

In 2004, Morris won a lawsuit against Olympiacos seeking $1.3 million in owed salary and $400,000 in court costs. US federal judge Christopher A. Boyko permitted American creditors to collect the money in 2009 shortly before Olympiacos visited the Cleveland Cavaliers for an exhibition match.[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Henson, Joaquin (August 27, 2002). "Confessions of a PBA import". Philippine Star. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Douglass High School yearbook, 1984
  3. ^ Harvin, Al (March 30, 1994). "Daly Out With Flu and Nets Are Out of Steam at Atlanta". The New York Times. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Auburn's SEC Tournament basketball champions reunion". Auburn Tigers. January 28, 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "104 Years of Auburn Basketball : Chris Morris (1984-88)". Auburn Tigers. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Morris Shatters Backboard". Orlando Sentinel. March 3, 1993. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Chris Morris signs with Suns". AP. February 3, 1999. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Euroleague 1999-2000: Olympiakos". basket-stats.info. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Windhorst, Brian (October 7, 2009). "Greek team Olympiakos could be subject to legal maneuvers when it arrives to play Cleveland Cavaliers". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Archived from the original on October 16, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Golden Gophers fall to Harlem Globetrotter, 79-70". Minnesota Golden Gophers. November 8, 2001. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "ABA 2002 Basketball". USBasket.com. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ Villar, Joey (July 15, 2002). "Well-behaved Bull pricks Coke". The Philippine Star. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ Calendario de Gaiteros del Zulia B.B.C. Temporada 2004

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