Adam Morrison

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Adam Morrison
Adam Morrison Zvezda.jpg
Morrison with Red Star Belgrade in October 2011.
Personal information
Born (1984-07-19) July 19, 1984 (age 34)
Glendive, Montana
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolMead (Spokane, Washington)
CollegeGonzaga (2003–2006)
NBA draft2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats
Playing career2006–2012
PositionSmall forward / Power forward
Number35, 6, 33
Career history
As player:
20062009Charlotte Bobcats
20092010Los Angeles Lakers
2011Red Star Belgrade
As coach:
201?–presentMead HS (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Adam John Morrison (born July 19, 1984) is a retired American professional basketball player. Morrison played for three years at Gonzaga University and was considered to be one of the top college basketball players in 2005–06. He was a finalist for the Naismith and the Wooden Award. He was named Co-Player of the Year with Duke's J. J. Redick by the United States Basketball Writers Association[1] and won the 2006 Chevrolet Player of the Year award.

Early life[edit]

Morrison's father, John, worked as a basketball coach, and the family moved with his coaching career: Casper College in Northwest Casper, Wyoming, Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, and Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana. When Morrison was in the fourth grade, his father left coaching,[2] and the family moved to Spokane, Washington. Adam became the Gonzaga men's team's ball boy.[2]

When he was in the eighth grade, he lost 30 pounds (14 kg),[3] and while attending a basketball camp at Gonzaga during this time, he felt sick, later saying about his experience at the camp, "I think I made one shot the whole three days. I was sicker than a dog. I didn't want to play. I couldn't do anything."[2] Shortly after this, Morrison was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He took his diagnosis surprisingly well; the second time a nurse came to administer insulin, he stopped her, telling her, "Since I'm going to be doing this the rest of my life, you might as well show me how to do it."[2] However, his illness did not keep him from becoming a star at Mead Senior High School in Spokane. In his senior year he broke single-season and career scoring records in his high school conference, and led Mead to the finals of the state tournament. Despite playing in the final game with hypoglycemia so severe that he nearly suffered a seizure, he scored 37 points in a losing effort. It was Mead's only loss that season. Morrison was not heavily recruited out of high school. Dave Telep of admitted, "In one of the biggest misses of my career, we left him off the Top 100 list. We ranked him the No. 26 small forward. The goal is to never make a mistake of that magnitude again".[4]

College career[edit]

Morrison arrived at Gonzaga University to play for the Gonzaga Bulldogs in 2003. In his freshman year he averaged 11.4 points per game (ppg), with a season-high 22 points against St. Mary's. Gonzaga won the West Coast Conference (WCC) regular-season title. Morrison was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team.[5]

In his sophomore year Morrison averaged 19.0 ppg. He scored a season-high 28 points at home against San Francisco, including the winning shot with 0.6 seconds to play in the game. Gonzaga again won the WCC regular-season title. Morrison made the All-WCC First Team and was selected to the Basketball Times All-West Coast Team as well as being named an honorable mention Associated Press All-American.[5]

In his junior year during Gonzaga's first two games of the 2005–06 season at the Maui Invitational, Morrison played well against two of the sport's top programs. In the first round, Morrison scored 25 points in a Gonzaga win over Maryland. He followed up this performance with 43 points in a triple-overtime win over Michigan State in the semifinals. He matched that output against in-state rival Washington on December 4, 2005, in a losing effort. However, Morrison and the Zags bounced back a week later, defeating Oklahoma State after he banked in a three-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to give Gonzaga a two-point lead and eventually the win.

In the regular season, he had 13 games of 30-plus points, with five of them over 40. At 28.1 points per game, he was the nation's leading scorer in 2005–2006. His scoring totals against teams in the "major" conferences were no less impressive; he averaged 28.5 points in 11 such games. On February 18, Morrison recorded a career high 44 points (including 37 in the second half alone) against the Loyola Marymount Lions in a winning effort.

Morrison led the Zags with 24 points in a 2006 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen match against UCLA, which the Zags lost in the final seconds after UCLA had eliminated a 17-point deficit coming out of the first half. With seconds left, the lead having slipped away, Morrison broke down in tears and collapsed to the court. He was eventually helped to his feet by UCLA player Arron Afflalo.[6] He has been both criticized and praised for this unbridled show of emotion. He later shared the national player of the year award with friendly rival J. J. Redick of Duke. The game against UCLA turned out to be Morrison's final collegiate game, as he later decided to turn pro, foregoing his senior year of college.

Professional career[edit]

Charlotte Bobcats[edit]

Morrison was selected 3rd overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, behind Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors) and LaMarcus Aldridge (Chicago Bulls). On July 6, 2006, the Bobcats signed Morrison to a two-year contract. On November 1, 2006, in his NBA debut against the Indiana Pacers he scored 14 points, with 3 rebounds and 2 assists. He was the first player picked by Manager of Basketball Operations Michael Jordan in his tenure with the Bobcats. He scored his career high on December 30, 2006, with 30 points in a win against the Indiana Pacers. However, Morrison lost his starting spot midway through the season, in part for his defense and shooting only 37% for the year.[7]

On October 21, 2007, the Charlotte Bobcats announced that Morrison had sustained a severe injury to his left knee in a pre-season exhibition game against the L.A. Lakers while defending Luke Walton, bending his knee laterally and falling to the ground in pain. An MRI scan performed after the game indicated a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).[8][9] On November 10 Morrison underwent surgery to repair the damage. The injury was confirmed to be a torn ACL, requiring several months of physical therapy after the knee had healed, meaning he missed the whole 2007–08 NBA season.

Los Angeles Lakers[edit]

On February 7, 2009, Morrison and Shannon Brown were traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vladimir Radmanović.[10] Morrison won two NBA championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, but saw very limited playing time. He was released following the 2009–10 season.

Washington Wizards[edit]

Morrison later signed with the Washington Wizards, but was waived at the end of training camp.

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

In September 2011, Morrison signed with KK Crvena zvezda.[11] He was released from his contract in November 2011 to pursue other opportunities.[12] During his 8 game stay in Belgrade (he missed one away match due to a minor injury problem), Morrison averaged 15.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 29 minutes a game, becoming his team's top scorer and the second overall top performer during the 2011–12 Adriatic League season.[13]

Beşiktaş Milangaz[edit]

In January 2012, Morrison signed with Beşiktaş Milangaz for the rest of the 2011–12 season.[14] However, he left the team in April 2012 due to a lack of playing time.[15]

Attempted return to the NBA[edit]

After being absent from the NBA since being waived by the Wizards, Morrison played in the 2012 NBA Summer League for the Brooklyn Nets and averaged 5.2 points and 19.2 minutes in five games with the team.[16] He then joined the Los Angeles Clippers' Summer League team, averaging 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists on 55% FG (38-69), 61% 3-PT (13-21) and 78% FT (11-14) in 5 games.[17] On September 21, 2012, Morrison signed with the Portland Trail Blazers.[18] He was waived on October 27, 2012.[19]

National team career[edit]

Morrison made four appearances for various junior U.S. national teams. Morrison was selected to train with the senior men's team in preparation for the 2006 FIBA World Championship but was cut prior to the tournament.[20]

Coaching career[edit]

In July 2013, Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few announced that Morrison would become a student assistant with the basketball team. Morrison had returned to Gonzaga to take classes.[21] After completing his undergraduate degree at Gonzaga in 2014, majoring in sports management,[22] Morrison became an assistant video coordinator for the Bulldogs for the 2014–15 season, but was weighing options for his career after the season would come to an end.[23][24]

Personal life[edit]

Morrison lives near Spokane, Washington, with his girlfriend, two daughters, and a son. He claims not to be religious and does not believe in marriage.[25]


Morrison was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes) at age 13. He was playing in an eighth-grade basketball game, and as the game went into overtime, he began having seizure-like symptoms, which prompted his father to take him to the hospital where the diagnosis was made. Morrison, who managed his diabetes to the point of eating exactly the same meals at the same time on game days, is considered a role model for children with the disease and their families. During his freshman year at Gonzaga, Morrison and his life with diabetes were a subject of a four-page article in Sports Illustrated. On the first day that the issue appeared in retail outlets, more than fifty parents of children with diabetes contacted the Gonzaga athletics department asking if Morrison could speak to their children. Off the court, Morrison regulates his blood sugar with an insulin pump attached to his abdomen.[2]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Morrison won an NBA championship

Regular season[edit]

2006–07 Charlotte 78 23 29.8 .376 .337 .710 2.9 2.1 .4 .1 11.8
2008–09 Charlotte 44 5 15.2 .360 .337 .762 1.6 .9 .2 .1 4.5
2008–09 L.A. Lakers 8 0 5.5 .333 .250 .500 1.0 .4 .0 .0 1.3
2009–10 L.A. Lakers 31 0 7.8 .376 .238 .625 1.0 .6 .1 .1 2.4
Career 161 28 20.4 .373 .331 .710 2.1 1.4 .2 .1 7.5

NBA Playoffs[edit]

2010 L.A. Lakers 2 0 6.5 .444 .000 .000 2.5 .5 .0 .0 4.0
Career 2 0 6.5 .444 .000 .000 2.5 .5 .0 .0 4.0


  1. ^ "Redick, Morrison named co-players of year". 31 March 2006. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e Withers, Bud (2002). BraveHearts: The Against-All-Odds Rise of Gonzaga Basketball. Chicago: Triumph Books. p. 150. ISBN 1-57243-499-6.
  3. ^ Grant Wahl, "Jewel of a Duel", Sports Illustrated, February 28, 2006. (Available online only to SI subscribers.)
  4. ^ "Scout Six Pack: Reappraising 2003". Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  5. ^ a b " Adam Morrison Bio – Gonzaga University Official Athletic Site Gonzaga University Official Athletic Site – Men's Basketball". Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  6. ^ "C.W. Nevius Blog : The Big Weep — Adam Morrison cries, America squirms". The San Francisco Chronicle. March 26, 2006.
  7. ^ "NBA Players – Adam Morrison". HoopsHype. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  8. ^ "Cats' Morrison likely out for year with knee injury". 22 October 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  9. ^ BOBCATS: Adam Morrison Tears ACL Archived March 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Lakers acquire adam morrison and shannon brown in exchange for vladimir radmanovic". 2009-02-07. Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  11. ^ "Morrison Signs One-Year Deal With Red Star Belgrade – RealGM Wiretap". Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  12. ^ Amick, Sam (November 29, 2011). "Morrison let out of Serbian deal, may join NBA free-agent class". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  13. ^ "Morrison's Adriatic League statistics". Adriatic Basketball Association. Archived from the original on December 3, 2011.
  14. ^ (in Turkish)Adam Morrison Beşiktaş Milangaz'da
  15. ^ "Adam Morrison-Besiktas, coach Ataman conferma l'addio". Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  16. ^ "2012 NBA Summer League". 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  17. ^ " Adam Morrison's Clippers summer league stats". 2012-07-23.
  18. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS ADD THREE PLAYERS TO TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". Archived from the original on 28 September 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  19. ^ "Karl, Morrison among players waived by Blazers". Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Team USA announce 15-man squad",, July 26, 2006. Accessed 2006-08-31.
  21. ^ "Adam Morrison joining Gonzaga staff". 2013-07-25.
  22. ^ "Gonzaga Student-Athletes Receive Undergraduate Degrees". 2014-05-12.
  23. ^ "Gonzaga notes: Adam Morrison weighing options". 2015-01-14.
  24. ^ "Adam Morrison had the perfect comeback to a Duke fan's taunt about 2006". 2015-03-30.
  25. ^ Weitzman, Yaron Life as an NBA Draft Bust: It’s better than you might think. Ask Adam Morrison. Bleacher Report. June 22, 2016

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