Tag: Markieff Morris

Phoenix Suns Media Day

Suns wonder about Markieff Morris’ state of mind after they traded his brother


Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris are the kind of twins who are very tight, they are best friends. They played their high school ball together at APEX Academy in New Jersey, they played in college together at Kansas, and they have played together as pros the past two and a half seasons in Phoenix.

Then this summer the Suns traded Marcus to Detroit, part of their salary clearing moves in the chase for LaMarcus Aldridge (who chose San Antonio).

Markieff is apparently not thrilled about this.

Here is Suns GM Ryan McDonough speaking to Dave King of Bright Side of the Suns (hat tip Ball Don’t Lie).

“I think he’s at a reasonable place now,” McDonough said of what he’s heard via others in the organization. “I don’t know if it’s a good place or not. I think he’s processed all of it, he had time to let the rawness, the emotional part of it wear off.”


And here is coach Jeff Hornacek, speaking to ArizonaSports.com (hat tip Bright Side of the Suns).

JH: I’ve texted him a few times. We might try to go see him this week. We’ll be out on the East Coast.

BG: Does he seem like he’s doing OK with how everything went about?

JH: Yeah, I’m sure just like anything else, whenever a trade, especially with as close as him and his brother are, there was some hurt feelings for a little bit. It’s a case where they’re going to do their best wherever they’re at. Once you get into the season, and you get with your team, they’ve played apart before too, they will be fine.

The Suns locker room was not a place of harmony and love last season, and frankly the Morris twins were part of that. Bright Side of the Suns described them as “cranky.”

Hornacek and McDonough are taking the big picture view. As they should. And the Morris brothers should know very well by now that the NBA is a cold hearted business at its core. They were not going to get to play together forever.

But some guys let go of things easier than others. We’ll see how good Markieff is at that skill.


Report: Suns’ Morris twins charged with aggravated assault

Phoenix Suns Media Day

After a review by a Grand Jury, felony aggravated assault charges have been filed against Phoenix Suns players and twins Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris.

The pair had been under investigation for a Jan. 24 incident where the twins and three others allegedly beat up Erik Hood at a recreational basketball tournament in the Phoenix area. The motivation allegedly had been Hood sending “inappropriate” text messages to the Morris brothers’ mother.

Prosecutors have decided to go ahead with the case, they confirmed to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

After the (rec league) game, police say Hood was confronted by (Julius) Kane and struck from behind on the head by (Christopher) Melendez. Hood tried to run to his car but had been dazed by the initial blow to the head and fell to the ground, where he was then repeatedly punched and kicked by all five suspects. The assault was witnessed by a 27-year-old woman, who had attended the game with Hood.

Hood was taken to the emergency room at Phoenix Baptist Hospital where he was treated for a broken nose, bruises and abrasions.

The Morris brothers reportedly denied taking part in the attack and even knowing Hood.

Neither the Morris twins nor the Suns organization released a new statement since the charges were filed.

Suns GM Lon Babby released a statement a while back on the incident:

“The Phoenix Suns are aware of an investigation by the Phoenix Police Department of an alleged assault. We have no information beyond what has been alleged in the police report and therefore have no further comment on the matter at this time. Our organization will closely monitor developments as the legal process unfolds.”

Report: Suns’ Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris being investigated for felony aggravated assault

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Prosecutors in Arizona are reviewing a case submitted by police that accuses Suns’ players Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris of committing felony aggravated assault.

It’s important to note that the police have made no arrests, and no charges have yet been filed.

The details, from Matthew Casey of the Arizona Republic:

Phoenix police say Marcus and Markieff Morris put those words into action when they and three others committed felony aggravated assault against a man the 25-year-old twins learned had sent “inappropriate” text messages to their mother.

Police have made no arrests and no charges have been filed. A spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office confirmed Tuesday afternoon that prosecutors are continuing to review the case submitted by police.

For their part, the Morris twins have denied assaulting the reported victim, whom they also claim not to know, and their mother denies having been in contact with the man on the day of the incident, though authorities found evidence to the contrary, the police report shows.

“The Phoenix Suns are aware of an investigation by the Phoenix Police Department of an alleged assault,” Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said in an official release. “We have no information beyond what has been alleged in the police report and therefore have no further comment on the matter at this time. Our organization will closely monitor developments as the legal process unfolds.”

Russell Westbrook has league-leading 15th technical foul rescinded

Russell Westbrook

Just 57 seconds into Sunday night’s contest between the Thunder and the Suns, Russell Westbrook picked up a technical foul, his league-leading 15th of the season.

There didn’t appear to be much to it — see for yourself.

Westbrook went over to check on teammate Kyle Singler, who had just been decked on a drive to the basket, and must have said something to the official; my wild guess is a profanity-laced plea for a flagrant foul to be called.

The referee was offended enough by whatever was said to whistle Westbrook for the technical, but the league has rescinded it, reports Royce Young of ESPN.com.

This is important, because had this one stood, it would have meant a one-game suspension for Westbrook once his next technical foul was received.

He remains at the top of the leaderboard in this category, tied with Markieff Morris of the Suns at 14, though the count resets once the postseason begins.

The technical fouls have cost Westbrook a total of $41,000 in fines to this point of the season.

Breaking down Western Conference playoff chase with two weeks left in season

Detroit Pistons v Golden State Warriors

There are just more than two weeks left in the NBA regular season — 16 days, if you want to be specific — and the playoff races are taking shape. But there is still a lot in flux.

Here we take a look at the West, where the top seed is set, but the middle of the bracket could go a host of ways. Pretty soon we might start to see jockeying as teams try to line up the opponent they most want — meaning, think they can beat — in the first round.

No. 1 seed: The Golden State Warriors have officially secured up the top spot. They will have home court throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

No. 2-3 seeds: A few weeks back this looked like a lock for the Memphis Grizzlies. However, they have stumbled of late including three losses in a row to good teams — Cleveland, Golden State and San Antonio — while Houston just kept right on winning. The result is Sunday Houston vaulted into the second seed. The good news for Grizzlies fans is that their schedule gets softer while the Rockets have both Dallas and Oklahoma City on the road this week. These two teams most likely end up two and three, although the red hot Clippers could slide into the mix.

No. 4-6 seeds: Just 1.5 games separate the Clippers, Trail Blazers and Spurs for the middle of the pack. (Technically Portland is the four seed because they lead the Northwest division but if they played the Clippers in the first round Los Angeles would still have home court with the better record, at least as of today.) The Clippers have won seven in a row, the Spurs three in a row and 7-of-10. The big game coming up here is Wednesday when the Clippers travel to Portland — with LA on the second night of a back-to-back having just played Golden State. These three seeds could still shake out in any order.

No. 7 seed: Dallas is fairly locked in here, 2.5 back of the suddenly hot Spurs, three games up on Oklahoma City below them. That said, Dallas has lost four-of-five and this week face the Thunder, Rockets and Warriors. If they lose all three of those and Russell Westbrook keeps doing his thing, it could get very interesting the last week of the season.

No. 8 seed: Phoenix had to beat Oklahoma City on Sunday to have a chance and they came out playing like the desperate team — Markieff Morris had 16 points in the first quarter and Phoenix was up 20 in the second quarter. Then it all came apart for the Suns and together for the Thunder. OKC stormed back to win, and that pretty much is the stake through the heart of the Suns’ playoff hopes, they are four back now with eight to play. New Orleans is 2.5 back of the Thunder, but they are going to need some help to make up that ground. OKC is going to get in but with all their injuries they are no match for Golden State. (It is possible if Dallas keeps falling hard OKC could make up the three games and get to the seven seed, but don’t bet on it.