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March 6, 2006
By: Amy Sullivan

BASKETBLOGGING, COLLEGE EDITION....Those of you out in Washington state will have to help me out because I just watched the Loyola Marymount-Gonzaga game and just don't understand what the fuss over Adam Morrison is all about. Setting aside his truly horrendous facial hair and the fact that he sounds like kind of a tool based on the way he taunts his opponents ("Scoreboard!"), Morrison was scoreless for a good twenty-plus minutes in the middle of the game.

The ESPN announcers may have seen something I didn't ("Even when he's not scoring, boy, you can just feel how talented Morrison is!"). Maybe he's just tired at the end of the conference tournament. But he looked slow, often taking a while to make it back to the other end on defense, and just not creating his own shots. Okay, Morrison still scored 22 points and his team squeaked out a one-point week. But I'm not putting Gonzaga in my Final Four picks just yet.

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As for Gonzaga, it's becoming a bit of a cult. You are either in it or an outsider. People forget that the Huskies beat them at the beginning of the season for the "state championship". But on to more important things- congratulations to the "Lady Lutes" of Pacific Lutheran for making the NCAA div. III sweet sixteen!

Posted by: fafner1 on March 7, 2006 at 12:13 AM | PERMALINK

Morrison had a bad game. It happens. Redick's had 4 miserable games in a row. Doesn't mean he sucks. Just means he's not playing well right now.

fafner1,
What has happened to PLU's football team? They've fallen on some hard times. Any insider information you can share with me on this?

Posted by: Double B on March 7, 2006 at 12:21 AM | PERMALINK

As for Gonzaga, it's becoming a bit of a cult. That explains why Amy is doing the commentary.

I'm backing the Illini. If Dee Brown can stay hot, they are pretty good.

Posted by: dataguy on March 7, 2006 at 12:21 AM | PERMALINK

Sour grapes much?

Posted by: aretino on March 7, 2006 at 12:22 AM | PERMALINK

Unlike politics, sports are something it's entirely acceptable, even encouraged, to be blindingly and unreasonably partisan about.

With the Gonzaga win, my week is set. I am so stoked to see the Bulldogs win. Go Zags.

(GU '02)

Posted by: moderleft on March 7, 2006 at 12:24 AM | PERMALINK

aretino on March 7, 2006 at 12:22 AM:

Sour grapes much?

Watch it, mister...

Posted by: grape_crush on March 7, 2006 at 12:29 AM | PERMALINK

Amy has only two tracks in her brain.

College Basketball, or Democrats should pander to the Religious nincompoops.

Posted by: lib on March 7, 2006 at 12:32 AM | PERMALINK

Amy,

Stick to your usual agenda of encouraging Democrats to one-up Republicans by out-abolishing the separation between church and state. Thanks.

Posted by: CJR on March 7, 2006 at 12:33 AM | PERMALINK

Amy, I hope you've picked up Will Blythe's new book on the UNC/Duke rivalry, To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever. Terrific, funny, thoughtful stuff--and I don't say that only because I'm a Chapel Hill native and a UNC alum. (Though that probably helps.)

Posted by: pcashwell on March 7, 2006 at 12:35 AM | PERMALINK

I'm a UW Huskies fan, and we finally beat Gonzaga this year after 7 years in an incredible early-season game.

It was great. So was Morrison.

Morrison scored 42 points, and, as Romar (Huskies coach) put it, "we guarded him pretty darn good." The dude just scores unless you foul him.

He made contested shot after ridiculously contested shot. If you haven't wateched him much, fair enough for your conclusion. Check his stats, and the numbers he has put up against top-notch teams or semi-top-notch teams (Michigan State, Connecticut, Washington, etc.).

He's very, very good. That's all there is too it. Not seen his grand-standing, if that is true, that is a demerit. A big one. That stuff sucks. Other than that, he is one of the very best college players around, and if his team doesn't make the final four, so it goes, that says nothing about his talent.

Posted by: abjectfunk on March 7, 2006 at 12:35 AM | PERMALINK

go Jayhawks!

Posted by: dzen on March 7, 2006 at 12:36 AM | PERMALINK

Amy, watch out for those Terp women. A good chance at the Final Four this year, and perhaps a national title in '07.

Posted by: Vincent on March 7, 2006 at 12:59 AM | PERMALINK

Oh wow, so you judge a player by one game, do you? excellent. let's judge everyone we know by their one game where they "only" score 22 points, and let's also judge them by their external appearance, for heaven's sake. Amy Sullivan, get a clue about the topic, and the person, you are writing about. Or stop writing.

Posted by: Chris on March 7, 2006 at 12:59 AM | PERMALINK

Around here Gonzaga has gone from the little team that could to the little team that had better win or else. Kinda sad.

Posted by: Goran on March 7, 2006 at 1:03 AM | PERMALINK

fafner1,
What has happened to PLU's football team? They've fallen on some hard times. Any insider information you can share with me on this?
Posted by: Double B

As someone who actually played a year at PLU during Frosty's heyday, it was the end of the era a few years even before he retired. You know you've perhaps been around a bit too long when you coach your grandson.

Scott, Westerning's second son, is now the coach. Only just a little nepotism there.

Scott was on scholarship at UCLA in the late 1970s, but came back to PLU to play for his dad. I don't think he was cut out for the big time.

Anyway, he's been assistant head coach for years, and took over from his dad two season's ago. I don't know that he's got the touch, and the team always played above it's station, if you will.


Posted by: JeffII on March 7, 2006 at 1:09 AM | PERMALINK

Morrison can't create his own shots? Though one hesitates to contradict Amy Sullivan, who knows God and all, Memphis forward Rodney Carney, who actually guarded Morrison, seems to disagree--comparing Morrison to J.J. Redick, Carney reported that "Morrison is more of a creator who can get his own shot off the dribble and can finish with a dunk."

Then again, his experience covering Morrison does not compare to Sullivan's extensive one game experience watching Morrison. And Morrison's 'stache is just so icky.

Posted by: Gary on March 7, 2006 at 1:09 AM | PERMALINK

I watched Gonzaga lose to Memphis over Christmas. A good first half, but then Memphis, more or less, jumped out of the arena. In the first half, Morrison started playing pretty rough, got some handed back to him and didn't like it. Then he got all tough, and, yes, dorky, and the Memphis kid came close to clocking him, which is exactly what would have happened if it was street ball.

Posted by: donnie on March 7, 2006 at 1:10 AM | PERMALINK

The Zags may be even better than last year. They will go farther in the tournament. The only games they lost were to the Huskies (UW variety, fluke), those other Huskies (UConn variety) and . . . escapes me.

Mark Frew has the best college basketball program in the country, period. Gonzaga is a small Jesuit school in podunk Spokane with almost no athletic budget.

Posted by: JeffII on March 7, 2006 at 1:13 AM | PERMALINK

You want to know what the big deal is about him? He's up there with Reddick as the highest scorer in the NCAA.

Posted by: Steve L on March 7, 2006 at 1:20 AM | PERMALINK

Amy writes: "The ESPN announcers may have seen something I didn't"

Namely, videotape of a bunch of stuff they're not just, you know, dabbling in when Drum's away.

Seriously, ruin basketball or the separation between church and state, but please try not to murder both of them.

Posted by: CJR on March 7, 2006 at 1:25 AM | PERMALINK

You guys are being bigger jerks than usual in response to an self-admittedly off-the-cuff impression.

Does anyone else think Morrison is trying a little too hard to look like Bogut?

I'm not saying J.J. had a good game against UNC, but did you all notice that they pulled away as soon as he sat on the bench in the second half? Duke's biggest problem isn't J.J. having mediocre games, it's everyone around him (since Williams, awesome player that he is, still needs to be fed the ball).

I'm really looking forward to seeing how Morrison plays in the tournament. I hope he's awesome, so Matt Yglesias doesn't despair about the future of white American basketball players.

Posted by: Matt on March 7, 2006 at 1:31 AM | PERMALINK

I suspect the better teams use these conference tourneys to tune up. The Big East tournament may be, for all I know, a big deal for UConn and Nova. But it's a much bigger deal for Syracuse, who won't make the NCAA tournament without a couple of Big East wins.

That's probably even more the case for Gonzaga, given the barely-second-tier conference they are in. Most likely they have been looking forward to Selection Sunday for at least the past couple of weeks.

Posted by: kth on March 7, 2006 at 1:32 AM | PERMALINK

JeffII >"...Gonzaga is a small Jesuit school in podunk Spokane with almost no athletic budget."

Spokane (almost Idaho) = Red city in a Blue state

"...Churches have given us great treasures. Whether that pays for the harm they have done is another matter." - Daniel C. Dennett

Posted by: daCascadian on March 7, 2006 at 1:36 AM | PERMALINK

Seriously guys enough with the blinkered orthodoxy already.

Amy, even in an off game for him, Morrison had a big hand in all of their big plays down the stretch when they were coming back. (He assisted on both of Pargo's big 3's, had a bunch of rebounds in traffic, made a few other nice passes, and got the steal which led to the alley-oop, which was really the back breaker)

Posted by: Pooh on March 7, 2006 at 1:46 AM | PERMALINK

Morrison would be much more fun to watch if he weren't an incredible jerk - he's a flopper, and a trash talker, and that takes away from his game. Here's an article from today that illustrates his tactics: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/collegesports/2002846900_withers06.html

Gonzaga fans are going to have to be satisfied with an early exit from the NCAAs this year. Beating LMU by 1 *in Spokane*? UW beat that LMU team by 47. When the Zags end up at a neutral site without WCC refs... Ammo's acting may go unappreciated.

Posted by: BP on March 7, 2006 at 1:46 AM | PERMALINK

It's hard to think about any other sports right now. Kirby Puckett is gone. RIP

Posted by: southsidescottie on March 7, 2006 at 1:49 AM | PERMALINK

"...Gonzaga is a small Jesuit school in podunk Spokane with almost no athletic budget."

Interestingly, so is LMU, if you substitute "Spokane" with "Los Angeles."

Just felt I needed to pop in since I'm an LMU alumna. Don't think I ever got to a b-ball game while I was there for grad school, though.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on March 7, 2006 at 2:04 AM | PERMALINK

Amy, any one game a guy might not look that great. Morrison has been sensational and spectacular all year, and against the best competition along with the mediocre. He'll be the #1 pick in the draft.

Posted by: Jimm on March 7, 2006 at 2:41 AM | PERMALINK

Normally I do not like to drift into the conspiratorial side of sports, but I think Gonzaga has benefited from sympathetic officiating in some big games. When they beat Minnesota and made a run to the sweet sixteen years ago, I was a big fan. However, the next year (maybe a couple of years) they faced Virginia in a first round game and Virginia was robbed. This was my turning point with Gonzaga.

In my opinion, they truly are the best team in the WCC, but they can't play with the top halves of any of the major conferences -- unless they get to the foul line on most of their possessions, which seems to be their strategy. For example, earlier this year they played Oklahoma State and won by two points. Oklahoma State dominated that game, in the same way Virgina had years ago, but the Zags managed to stay in it at the free throw line -- at one point Gonzaga was 25 of 31 at the line, while Oklahoma State was 4 of 4.

The bottom line is: Gonzaga doesn't have the talent (i.e., depth) to compete with top 25 schools, but they can win games against more physical opponents if the refs call the game closely. Unfortunately for the Zags, this is not a recipe for success in the tournament. If they get a good seed, I would expect them to reach the sweet sixteen, even the elite eight, but as the field narrows and the competition becomes stronger, they just don't have enough talent to win. Eventually they will face a good team in a physical game, and I think they'll exit the tourney. In any case, I am waiting for the Madness with bated breath.

Posted by: birdie on March 7, 2006 at 4:02 AM | PERMALINK

By the way, in college, I would say that Morrison is better than Redick. Redick is more of a pure shooter whereas Morrison can create offense. Both players will likely go to the NBA where the odds are long for both of them. But I would expect Redick to do better in the long run. I see Redick as being more of a role player -- he can be a great shooter, a la Steve Kerr, but Morrison will struggle against the defense in the NBA.

Posted by: birdie on March 7, 2006 at 4:12 AM | PERMALINK

Adam Morrison is the nation's leading scorer. He scored 23 to the opposing team's top scorer's 15 and led his team in assists in tonight's squeaker win. What does Sullivan want, Michael Jordan?

Posted by: matt on March 7, 2006 at 4:37 AM | PERMALINK

I totally agree with you.....I would say that both Morrison and Redick could prove much better in long run.

Posted by: victor on March 7, 2006 at 5:59 AM | PERMALINK

Anybody who follows sports over the past few years understands the value of "hype".

If we all remember, ESPN was telling us over and over this past December that the USC squad that was facing Texas may have been the best college team ever. For people who follow the game closely, we all realized going into that game the the '05 USC squad was nowhere near as good as the '04 USC squad for starters.

College sports has become a massive marketing tool for the corporations that be.

While Redick and Morrison are both great basketball players, their hype has far exceeded their stature within the game. I wish them both the best with their respective careers and hope that Duke gets the shit kicked out of them in the second round of the NCAA's so I don't have to hear Billy Packers self-hyped version of Coach K during the telecasts.

Posted by: Freddo on March 7, 2006 at 8:55 AM | PERMALINK

PS - Amy, your a traitor to the Detroit Pistons.

Still can't get over the fact that you root for the Bullets!

Posted by: Freddo on March 7, 2006 at 8:57 AM | PERMALINK

dataguy,

Illinois is not nearly the team this year that they were last year (after graduating 3 seniors). Last year they were dominant, this year merely very good.

lib / cjr and any others,

I consider your comments both sexist and ignorant. Just b/c the announcers were from ESPN doesn't necessarily mean they were all that good. As a current example (my opinion only) over the weekend I watched the quarter and semi finals of the Missouri Valley Conf tournament on Fox Midwest Sports. Bot announcer & "color" guy were on top of every move. I watched the finals on CBS on Sunday with Dick Enberg and Clark Kellogg and at times I felt that they were not watching the same game as I was. And & this is a big AND While all the pro scouts were there to evaluate 7' 0" Patrick O'Bryant, a junior from Bradley, he must have had a "bad" game. With half of Bradley's points in the 1st half, he scored only 3 points in the second half as SIU's 6' 7" (5" shorter) sophmore center took O'Bryant to school and showed him how the game is played.

And who is to say Ms. Goodman does not know a heck of a lot about BBall? Just b/c your opinion differs, does that make her wrong? I think not.

I must confess, not only have I not seen the Zags & Morrison, I ams stuck in the Missouri Valley Conf and have not watched any other teams since last years Final Four.

Posted by: Chief on March 7, 2006 at 9:01 AM | PERMALINK

Gonzaga as a team is not that good, but Morrison is. You can't make a judgement based on one game - probably his worst game of the year. Morrison is the best I've seen in the NCAA this year at creating shots for himself.

Posted by: Matt Lantz on March 7, 2006 at 9:10 AM | PERMALINK

It's ontological: he *is* a scorer.

It's like the 2000 season, when you'd watch Duke's Trajan Langdon rain down threes and finish the game with 17 points, but then you'd watch Richard Hamilton throw up a few bricks, hit some free throws . . . and somehow walk away with 32 points.

Posted by: Jeremy on March 7, 2006 at 9:29 AM | PERMALINK

College Hoops Gazette (www.collegehoopsgazette.com) has Gonzaga at #2. Discuss amongst yourselves.

Posted by: bocksolibra on March 7, 2006 at 9:46 AM | PERMALINK

Our relentless surveillance has discovered two things:

1. Adam Morrison can't play a lick of defense

2. Gonzaga as a whole can't play a lick of defense

Our latest intel assessment shows Gonzaga suffering an early Tourney exit once again.

Offense wins games. Defense wins championships.

Posted by: NSA Mole on March 7, 2006 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK

Amy does college hoops. My respect for you just increased. I'm sure that means a lot to you, lol.

The very best time of the year is upon us!

Posted by: Mysticdog on March 7, 2006 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

Amy, stick with Junior College basketball, otherwise known as the NBA - with most teams, no defense, no team play - and yes, the best defensive teams do win - but most, like the Bullets or our Paul Allen babies do not know the word - an aside for "poor" Paul and his begging for city and state help in keeping the unBlazers in town.
Have watched many of the Zags games - Morrison is terrific in coming off screens, quickly elevating and has a great shot.
Just think if Mark Few had taken the Crespa High School coaching job in Oregon, rather than accepting the Zags - It will interesting to see how he fares in recruiting now that both Washington and WState have excellent coaches - With Ernie Kent at Oregon displaying no coaching ability, recruiting in the Seattle and Portland area will be left to these three coaches - With the exception of Stanford, UCLA, Kansas and North Carolina picking off the cream.

And KUDOS to Bill Self for developing a very young team - Go Jayhawks.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on March 7, 2006 at 10:58 AM | PERMALINK

Creswell High School

Posted by: B on March 7, 2006 at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK

Christ - why do people who know nothing about bball insist on talking about it anyway?

Morrisson was the game leader in points, assists, and steals. Sheesh - what more do you want?

And unless espn is off, he scored 23, not 22.

He's got approx as many 40 point games as reddick - hell, most of their stats are approx the same... And morrisson does it playin on a team without other stars that divert opponents' attention.

Don't be a hater just cuz he's ugly and that's all u know about bball...

Posted by: cdj on March 7, 2006 at 11:27 AM | PERMALINK

I too have seen Morrison on TV only once (early) this year, and I happened to draw the opposite conclusion... he's a very talented offensive machine. I agree with some others, though, that he can't/doesn't play D.

As for the ESPN team, they - just like the major news media outlets - have a story to tell going into the game, and if what appears before them doesn't support their story, they're going to tell it anyway, because they're too lazy to do anything else. And they've prepared graphics! If you have any doubt, read this Slate piece about how every white kid with any skills at all (including Morrison) is "the next Larry Bird."
http://www.slate.com/id/2132097/

Posted by: old buddy brett on March 7, 2006 at 11:31 AM | PERMALINK

I think it's just because he looks a little like Randall "Pink" Floyd from Dazed and Confused.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_London

Posted by: luke on March 7, 2006 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

B,

Yes, Creswell - must have been doing speed reading of John Canzano, the fine columnist for the Oregonian, again.

Thanks for the correction.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on March 7, 2006 at 11:49 AM | PERMALINK

Spokane (almost Idaho) = Red city in a Blue state
Posted by: daCascadian

Actually, it's a purple city in the red half of the state.

Posted by: Jeff II on March 7, 2006 at 11:50 AM | PERMALINK

I haven't seen Morrison play a game this year, but I can say he's a long way from 6'8", if the cover of SI is to be believed--either that, or Redick, with whom he's back-to-back, has suddenly sprouted to about 6'6".

Redick's going to have some NBA issues because so much of his game is coming off screens, and I'm not sure they still set screens in the Bigs.

Posted by: PCashwell on March 7, 2006 at 11:54 AM | PERMALINK

People forget that the Huskies beat them at the beginning of the season for the "state championship".

Yeah, about that ... WSU beat the Huskies twice this season, so how does that work exactly?

Posted by: Chin Music on March 7, 2006 at 12:21 PM | PERMALINK

PCashwell just beat me to it. The SI cover this week explains the whole thing. The jinx is alive.

Posted by: RWH on March 7, 2006 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

Jeff II -

Still not quite right. WA (my state) is a thoroughly red state, just with one really big blue city. And that city dominates.

Outside of Seattle (metro) is all hicks, whitetrash, poor native americans, and the like. Even on the west side of the mtns.

Posted by: cdj on March 7, 2006 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

cdj,

Might find some disagreement in the San Juans.
However, consider the Kitsap Penisula with deCascadian as a lone beacon of sanity - Well, there is Herronswood and Dan Hinckly, Ann Lovejoy on Bainsbridge and the many fine propagators from Naylor Creek to Vashon Island.
Scattered, true, but there are some reasonable folks out there.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on March 7, 2006 at 12:54 PM | PERMALINK

Jeff II -

Still not quite right. WA (my state) is a thoroughly red state, just with one really big blue city. And that city dominates.

Outside of Seattle (metro) is all hicks, whitetrash, poor native americans, and the like. Even on the west side of the mtns. Posted by: cdj

Except for three years in NYC and seven in Japan, I've lived in Washington all my life. I was born in Spokane, and half my relatives lived in E. Washington. I've lived most of my life in the greater Seattle area.

Go look at the electoral maps for the state broken down by county and precinct. Spokane went 43% for Kerry in 2004, as I recall. Therefore, a "purple" city/county.

Thurston, Island, Skagit, Snohomish, Pierce, Whatcom, Pacific, Grays Harbor, Cowlitz, Kitsap, Whitman, San Juan, and Clark counties were between 45-55% Kerry, San Juan was 65%, Jefferson was 62%, and King County was 64% Kerry with Seattle being near 70%. Of these counties, most are non-urban. Kerry beat Bush in Washington by 7%. Gore beat Bush in 2000 by only 5%.

Next question.

Posted by: Jeff II on March 7, 2006 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

cdj,

might find some disagreement in other places too, as there are lil' enclaves of progressivism all throughout the Puget Sound, trying to surround the John Birchers. On the east side too.

Best,

D

Posted by: Dano on March 7, 2006 at 1:15 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry, I was too buy watching the Phoenix Suns win their eleventh game in a row to bother commenting about a college game.

It's never too late to jump on the Suns bandwagon.

Posted by: Hostile on March 7, 2006 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

If only the Suns could play defense.

Go Pistons!

Posted by: birdie on March 7, 2006 at 1:34 PM | PERMALINK

PCashwell -

You realize, of course, that SI didn't actually get Reddick and Morrison in one spot so that they could take a picture of them together. I wouldn't put any stock in the picture.

Morrison gets a couple of extra inches anyway just for straightening up out of his caveman hunch.

Posted by: aretino on March 7, 2006 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

Morrison's a pretty good player, but don't pencil the Zags in past the second round. They haven't beaten a ranked team all year and they play in a crap conference where they haven't been winning like a top-four team ought to. Squeaking out wins against teams like San Francisco, San Deigo and LMU on your home court isn't going to get you very far in the big dance.

Posted by: kidkostar on March 7, 2006 at 1:49 PM | PERMALINK

D -

No matter what they say, the eastside is still part of of the seattle metro area. And I was raised in bellevue - lol

To hell with the eletoral maps - I judge red/blue based upon more tangible, ready-to-hand things, like whether or not a black guy could have a white girlfriend and not catch shit (or worse - lol).

On the electoral maps: is it the case that WA would be a dem state (local and national) if there were no seattle metro area? Perhaps I'm wrong, but thought the answer was: surely not.

Posted by: cdj on March 7, 2006 at 2:04 PM | PERMALINK

Looking back on it tho, it was certainly a mistake for me to include poor native americans as part of my "red" claim. My bad on the brain fart.

Posted by: cdj on March 7, 2006 at 2:06 PM | PERMALINK

I was raised in bellevue.Posted by: cdj

That explains everything.

Posted by: Jeff II on March 7, 2006 at 2:09 PM | PERMALINK

Jeff II -

ouch baby. very ouch.

lolol

Posted by: cdj on March 7, 2006 at 2:17 PM | PERMALINK

Jeff II -

ouch baby. very ouch. lolol Posted by: cdj

I understand. As the saying goes, some of my best friends . . .

Posted by: Jeff II on March 7, 2006 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

He has alot of range on his jump shot (out to 26' at least) & he can create his own shot when necessary. Handles ball well for a '3', though not for a '2'.

Posted by: Paul in KY on March 7, 2006 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

Amy,
I'm not following college basketball but I am following the role that liberal religion needs to play in the public sphere.

Rabbi Lerner gave the sermons at my church in Portland, OR this past Sunday. He was extraordinary. I bet by the time he is finished with his 3 day Oregon swing he will have talked with 1000s of progressive and mainstream religious folk.

I saw your WA PO review at Amazon- so I know that you like what he has to say in The Left Hand of God. Keep up your good work.

Posted by: Dale on March 7, 2006 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

Adam Morrison isn't the second coming of Larry bird, but if looks (with a haircut and shave have anyting to do with it) he might be the second coming of Kevin McHale.
One of the things that needs to be emphasized about Morrison's success is his playing at a high level with diabetes. Very few athletes have had success and longevity in pro sports with diabetes, Bobby Clarke, Ron Santo and Bill Tilden are the best examples. Diabetes may have had some effect on Morrison's lack of dominant play against LMU and may have some effect on him in a pro career.
And BTW, who was it that scored 37 in the second half in a game at LMU?

Posted by: natural cynic on March 7, 2006 at 7:02 PM | PERMALINK

I think Morrison and J.J. were both exhausted by the end of the year, maybe from trying to outscore each other, or just from carrying their teams. Morrison earlier in the season was the reincarnation of Larry Bird, without the passing -- a guy who could create a shot and score from anywhere on the court.

Posted by: Alan in SF on March 8, 2006 at 2:00 AM | PERMALINK

Let me get this straight: the guy's leading the country in scoring, his team's (what?) 26-3, he gets 23 on an off night, contributes a number of clutch assists and rebounds in the championship game (using himself as a decoy because he's having a bad shooting night), and he's no good?

Look, Larry Bird was "slow" too. (Not that Morrison's Bird, a once in a generation player.) It ain't a footrace. It's a ballgame.

Even if he turned out to be the next Keith Van Horn (mindful that white players can only be compared to other white players) how bad would that be?

Posted by: Jethro on March 8, 2006 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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