Jim Cavan writes
on the New York TImes' Off The Dribble
blog that the Portland Trail Blazers' decision to invite free agent forward Adam Morrison is a good story, given his struggles since he was a high lottery pick in 2006.
After an inconsistent but promising rookie year, a devastating preseason knee injury the next fall forced Morrison to miss the 2007-8 season. Though he returned to play 52 games for Charlotte the next season, it was clear that the setback had taken a toll – not only physically and statistically, but psychologically. In February 2009, Morrison was dealt along with Shannon Brown to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Vladimir Radmanovic.
For Morrison, a pair of rings soon followed. But so too did whispers of "draft bust," as every DNP only added weight to the notion that the compliments had been hollow. Morrison was signed and quickly cut by the Wizards in 2010.
To be sure, Portland isn’t lacking in youthful upside: forward Nic Batum could be poised for a breakout year; and the rookies Meyers Leonard and Damian Lillard both showed flashes of brilliance during the Las Vegas Summer League. Morrison also will be competing with the rookies Victor Claver, Joel Freeland, and Will Barton for a roster spot. That Adam Morrison even has a chance for a second N.B.A. act, despite all the setbacks, seems cause enough for celebration.
The Blazers officially announced
the addition of Morrison and two others to their camp roster on Friday.
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