Adam Morrison

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.

Adam Morrison
Adam Morrison Zvezda
Morrison with Red Star Belgrade in October 2011.
Personal information
BornJuly 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:
2017–presentMead HS (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Early life

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

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 after Morrison's teammates committed 3 turnovers in less than 5 seconds, 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

Charlotte Bobcats (2006-2009)

Morrison was selected 3rd overall pick 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. He was the first player drafted 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 his rookie season, in part because of his defense and in part because he shot 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 (2009-2010)

On February 7, 2009, Morrison and Shannon Brown were traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vladimir Radmanović.[10] Morrison won NBA championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010,[11] but saw very limited playing time.[12] He was released following the 2009–10 season.

European career and attempts to play in the NBA (2010-2012)

Morrison signed with the Washington Wizards in 2010, but was waived at the end of training camp before playing a regular season game.[13]

In September 2011, Morrison signed with KK Crvena zvezda.[14] He was released from his contract in November 2011 to pursue other opportunities.[15] During his 8-game stay in Belgrade (he missed one away game due to a minor injury), 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.[16]

In January 2012, Morrison signed with Beşiktaş Milangaz for the rest of the 2011–12 season.[17] However, he left the team in April 2012 due to a lack of playing time.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20]

On September 21, 2012, Morrison signed with the Portland Trail Blazers.[21] He was waived on October 27, 2012.[22]

National team career

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.[23]

Coaching career

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.[24] After completing his undergraduate degree at Gonzaga in 2014, majoring in sports management,[25] 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.[26][27]

Personal life

Morrison lives near Spokane, Washington, with his girlfriend, two daughters, and a son. He is not religious and does not believe in marriage.[28] He has diabetes.


Morrison was diagnosed with 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]

Career statistics


  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

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


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

College statistics

2003–04 Gonzaga 31 1 20.8 .531 .304 .726 4.3 1.4 0.4 0.3 11.4
2004–05 Gonzaga 31 29 34.2 .498 .311 .758 5.5 2.8 0.6 0.5 19.0
2005–06 Gonzaga 33 32 36.5 .496 .428 .772 5.5 1.7 1.1 0.3 28.1
Career 95 62 30.6 .503 .368 .761 5.1 2.0 0.7 0.4 19.7


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  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". Archived from the original on April 10, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  5. ^ a b " Adam Morrison Bio – Gonzaga University Official Athletic Site Gonzaga University Official Athletic Site – Men's Basketball". Retrieved June 14, 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 August 24, 2012.
  8. ^ "Cats' Morrison likely out for year with knee injury". October 22, 2007. Retrieved June 14, 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". February 7, 2009. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2009.
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  14. ^ "Morrison Signs One-Year Deal With Red Star Belgrade – RealGM Wiretap". Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  15. ^ Amick, Sam (November 29, 2011). "Morrison let out of Serbian deal, may join NBA free-agent class". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  16. ^ "Morrison's Adriatic League statistics". Adriatic Basketball Association. Archived from the original on December 3, 2011.
  17. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Turkish)Adam Morrison Beşiktaş Milangaz'da
  18. ^ "Adam Morrison-Besiktas, coach Ataman conferma l'addio". Archived from the original on May 25, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  19. ^ "2012 NBA Summer League". July 13, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  20. ^ " Adam Morrison's Clippers summer league stats". July 23, 2012.
  21. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS ADD THREE PLAYERS TO TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". Archived from the original on September 28, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  22. ^ "Karl, Morrison among players waived by Blazers". Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  23. ^ "Team USA announce 15-man squad",, July 26, 2006. Accessed August 31, 2006.
  24. ^ "Adam Morrison joining Gonzaga staff". July 25, 2013.
  25. ^ "Gonzaga Student-Athletes Receive Undergraduate Degrees". May 12, 2014.
  26. ^ "Gonzaga notes: Adam Morrison weighing options". January 14, 2015.
  27. ^ "Adam Morrison had the perfect comeback to a Duke fan's taunt about 2006". March 30, 2015.
  28. ^ Weitzman, Yaron Life as an NBA Draft Bust: It’s better than you might think. Ask Adam Morrison. Bleacher Report. June 22, 2016

External links

2005 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2005 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place on March 4–7, 2005. All rounds were held in Santa Clara, California at the Leavey Center. The semifinals were televised by ESPN2. The West Coast Conference Championship Game was televised by ESPN.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs earned their seventh WCC Tournament title and an automatic bid to the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Adam Morrison of Gonzaga was named Tournament MVP.

2005–06 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2005–06 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 6, 2005, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 3, 2006, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Florida Gators won their first NCAA national championship with a 73–56 victory over the UCLA Bruins. This was the final Final Four site at the RCA Dome. The Final Four will return to the city of Indianapolis, but will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium.

2006 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

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2006 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2006 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place on March 3–6, 2006. All rounds were held in Spokane, Washington at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The semifinals were televised by ESPN2. The West Coast Conference Championship Game was televised by ESPN.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs earned their third straight (eighth overall) WCC Tournament title and an automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Adam Morrison of Gonzaga was named Tournament MVP for the second straight year.

2006–07 Charlotte Bobcats season

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2012 NBA Summer League

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Gonzaga Bulldogs

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Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are an intercollegiate men's basketball program representing Gonzaga University. The school competes in the West Coast Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Gonzaga Bulldogs play home basketball games at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington on the university campus.

Gonzaga has had 15 of its players receive the WCC Player of the Year award, and two players, Frank Burgess in 1961 with 32.4 points per game, and Adam Morrison in 2006 with 28.1 points per game, have led the nation in scoring. Adam Morrison was named the Co-National Player of the year for the 2005–06 season.

Since the mid-1990s, Gonzaga has established itself as one of the closest things to a major basketball power in a mid-major conference. They have been to every NCAA Tournament since 1999, a year in which they made a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight, and have appeared in every final AP poll since the 2008–09 season. They have also appeared in all but one WCC conference title game since 1995, and in every conference title game since 1998, winning 16 of them. This culminated in 2016–17, when the Bulldogs went to their first Final Four in school history, advancing all the way to the national championship game.

Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University (also known as Gonzaga or GU) is a private, Roman Catholic university in Spokane, Washington. It is accredited, as an institution, by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Founded in 1887 by the Society of Jesus, the university is named for the young Jesuit saint Aloysius Gonzaga. It is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The campus houses 105 buildings on 152 acres (62 ha) of grassland alongside the Spokane River, in a residential setting one-half-mile (800 m) from downtown Spokane.

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In Division II, Virginia Union has four winners, the most all-time, and is followed by Kentucky Wesleyan which has three. Only one tie has occurred (2006), while three players have won the award more than once (Stan Gouard, Earl Jones, John Smith).

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