If you haven’t heard, Adam Morrison is back at Gonzaga, this time as a coach. The former All- American and Co-National player of the year retired after his last NBA stint with Portland in 2012 and signed on with the Zags as a student assistant in July.
Morrison, one of the best Gonzaga players and college basketball players in history, averaged a remarkable 28.1 points per game in his third and final season at Gonzaga. Morrison will be a great addition to the Gonzaga coaching staff for three reasons: his knowledge of the game, age, and talent.
Knowledge of the game
While his game did not work out in the NBA as planned, Morrison has seen a lot of basketball over his years of playing. He played five seasons in the NBA, was part of two championship teams with the Lakers and spent two years playing professionally in Europe. He knows how to play the game at various levels while seeing several different styles. Morrison has also been through every level of player from star, to role player, to bench player; he is able to relate to each type of player.
While at Gonzaga, Morrison was the Star of Stars: the big man on campus. When he got to the NBA he became a role player for the Bobcats for a few seasons, until becoming a bench player with the Lakers. He will be able to relate to the star’s of the team and help them cope with being the leaders. He can help the role players by helping them take advantage of their time to play when it comes and finally he can help the bench players work harder to try to earn themselves court time on the team.
Morrison just turned 29 in July; he is only seven years removed from college and not too much older than most of the kids on the team. He should be able to relate to the players on a different level than just another coach. Morrison has been there before; he knows what it is like to play at Gonzaga, to be an underclassmen and an upperclassman. Most players will be able to relate to him because they grew up watching what he did at Gonzaga. Having the advantage of a coach who recently played and was a star can go very far for a team with a lot of potential.
Adam Morrison was, in my opinion, the best player to ever come out of Gonzaga. As I was writing this article I found myself re-watching his college highlights; the guy could play. I grew up watching Morrison destroy his opponents, and so did most of the current Gonzaga team. He was the face of college basketball and to have a coach of that caliber teach techniques and skills is invaluable. Current players will be able to look at what he accomplished and have respect for him- and why wouldn’t you?(Other than the moustache)
As a guy who was able to do what he did in college, he has a lot to teach young players.
While Morrison never lived up to the hype of the 3rd overall pick in the NBA, he may have found a new calling that he could succeed at. Morrison will be able to relate to the various levels of players on the team. He has a chance to make an impact on this Gonzaga team and start fresh with a new chapter in his life.
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