Marcus Morris should have some swagger — he was the leading scorer on a very good Kansas team last season.
He has a good back-to-the-basket game, is a good rebounder and works hard. He has a jump shot you need to respect (needs to improve it, but it’s nice) and he can put the ball on the floor and get around you. There are questions if he is athletic enough to hang with the guys he’ll match up with at the next level — he keeps saying he’s an NBA three, scouts say he’s an undersized four — but he will be a lottery pick this year.
Morris seems to think that is underestimating his talents. That seems to be what he told the Deseret News after he worked out for the Jazz.
“Honestly, I think I’m the most complete player in the draft,” the 6-9 Morris said. “I think I’m one of those guys that can just do a lot. (There are) lots of parts of my game I can hang my hat on.”
What did the Jazz think about that?
But Walt Perrin, the Jazz’s vice president of player personnel, laughed when asked to comment on Morris’ confident comment….
“That’s his opinion,” Perrin said, smiling. “His opinion doesn’t count on draft night.”
In most drafts, where Morris would fall to around the end of the lottery (15ish) he is a good pick. With him more likely to go around 10 (NBC/Rotoworld’s Steve Alexander has him going No. 10 to the Bucks) more will be expected of him. Morris thinks he can live up to that.
Joakim Noah kept his hands on DeMarcus Cousins after getting called for a foul, and that – and/or the Kings heading toward their third straight loss – agitated Cousins into pushing the Knicks center.
Remember, Cousins and Noah have a history.
Aaron Gordon has backslid this season while playing out of his comfort zone at small forward, but there are still signs he’s progressing from great dunker toward great player – like this crafty inbounds pass off Marcus Morris‘ back.
The NBA refuses to grant continuation when a player senses an intentional foul in the backcourt and launches a heave.
Fortunately, players continue to shoot anyway – which produced this fun Brandon Jennings non-basket.
Matt Barnes infamously fought then-Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan. Barnes even bragged that violence is sometimes the answer.
His self-earned reputation won’t earn him the benefit of the doubt over an incident earlier today.
Sacramento Kings star Matt Barnes is wanted by NYPD for questioning after he allegedly choked a woman inside a nightclub early Monday morning — and TMZ Sports got video of him right after the incident.
Law enforcement sources tell us cops got a 911 call to Avenue Nightclub after midnight, reporting a man assaulting 2 women and another man. We’re told things got physical when Barnes allegedly choked one woman during an argument — and when 2 other people tried to intervene … he punched both of them.
In the video, Matt and a teammate — it appears to be DeMarcus Cousins — are talking about the fight. The teammate is clearly heard saying, “Matt hit the s*** out this ni***!”
Barnes was also arrested for domestic violence against Govan in 2011. But she said the incident was blown out of proportion, and the charges were dropped.
The Kings have already played at the Knicks and Nets, so Sacramento doesn’t return to New York this season.