Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  14 responses

Adam Morrison’s Revival in Serbia

Once left for dead, Adam Morrison’s basketball career is being slowly resurrected in Serbia, of all places. From SI: “The 27-year-old who went from cult hero in college to purported NBA bust describes the inauspicious start in Charlotte, from the pressure of being the No. 3 pick in 2006 to the devastating knee injury that cost him a season, and how the hopeful return went awry with his unproductive pairing with coach Larry Brown. He talks about the two lost years with the Lakers in Los Angeles, a professional hell of individual failure and collective success where he might have been the most mocked champion in the history of the game. He details the disappearing act thereafter, how his release from the Washington Wizards in October 2010 led to such a low that he fell out of love with the game that once inspired him. A pair of online videos featuring Morrison in all his unique glory emerged like digital diamonds in this NBA lockout rough last month. One of them showed him burying deep jumpers and risky runners like before, his play begging the question of where that fire and flare had been all this time. The other featured the feisty side that used to define him, with Morrison involved in a scuffle and ejection so full of fury and raw passion that it gained notice half a world away. They were reminders of what he once was and clues of what he might become again, hints at a long-overdue revolution from the man who had seemed to surrender in recent years. Is Adam Morrison back? He certainly is, but not in the way you might think. This isn’t about the NBA anymore for Morrison, about the dogma of a pro sports league and whether a certain player can fulfill his expected place in it. This is about his relationship with the game, a romance that went so very wrong before it could be renewed. In that sense, the unconventional script is now a perfect fit for the nonconformist. Add in the irony that he’s finally having fun on the floor while most of his former colleagues have been benched by a prolonged lockout, and it’s looking like the basketball gods are smiling down on him again. Even Morrison’s loyalists aren’t ready to predict a return to prominence anytime soon. Seven games played and a scoring average of 17.1 points in the Adriatic League hardly guarantee another chance in the NBA, even if he’s playing with the same style for which he was once known.”

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  • L

    Good for him.He was so mocked in his laker days and MJ destroyed his self confidence just like he did it to Kwame Brown. At least he can still show his ring!L

  • tomtom

    SLAM! how come nobody is talking about how well my man Jordan Farmamr is playing in Euroleague, dude went sumthing like 8-11 for 27 points with 6 6 and 4 steals the other night. Come oooooooon.

  • AD

    @tomtom bvuz his teamate is droppn 50 lol

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Slam here’s an idea: get hold of international bloggers, reporters etc and get a running “Nba ballers abroad” segment going here.
    Enough players are playing in Europe, China and Australia to warrant following their (and their team’s) progress.
    There are some great storylines progressing in Europe for example.
    Euroleague: Thabo, AK47, Krstic, Batum, Farmar, Ilyasova are having quite the impact.
    Eurocup/Eurochallenge: Parker and Deron are KILLING it in 2nd & 3rd tier comp (and in their team’s national leagues)
    A version of TPU with weekly updates would be cool, maybe Adam could coordinate reports and summarize in a post.

  • Waggle

    Co-sign Darksaber. That would be a better read than another pointless lockout article.

  • https://plus.google.com/photos/106403650426394352312/albums/posts davidR

    i would definitely read those posts. i’m sure there are a lot of people out there curious about how players are doing over there in europe

  • LA Huey

    co-sign Darksaber

  • http://SLAMONLINE.COM LakeShow

    Went to some of Adam’s games when he was going to Gonzaga. I knew he wouldn’t be as good in the pros as he was in college. None the less he played so much differently than every other player. It was as if he was playing your will versus his will. He was so passionate then about the game. It’s sad to see stuff like this happen, but it’s life. I hope he is making the best of his opportunities over there. I don’t care to see him back in the L again. I wouldn’t be opposed to it, but he should just soak up the glory in….. Serbia. Shi*, never mind come back to the L.

  • tomtom

    @AD haha good point.

  • MarkyB

    I think the SLAM readers are on to something with the idea of SLAM Players abroad. And honestly if somebody could market them, Id buy Euro-League versions of player jerseys.

  • mike

    He’s playing well because b-ball in Serbia is huge. The crowds go wild and have the same following as soccer clubs do. You’ve got the passion and stadium energy minus all the backwards bickering in the U.S. about how he’s fallen and can’t get up. Of course he’s playing well! No one is putting him down over there and he gets to play with a great team in Europe! Stay in Serbia dude! Unless the cash is huge in the U.S. of course. ;-)

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    I heard Nicolas Batum is KILLING it over there. He’s top 5 in points, rebounds, assists and steals. He’s averaging 18.2 points, 7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.2 steals. Actually Kirilenko was also before getting injured. Kirilenko is leading the league in rebounds and blocks.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Btw, I meant Per game averages.

  • http://30HomeGames.blogspot.com 30HomeGames

    I got to see him play live for Besiktas alongside Pops Mensah and Arroyo. Still invisible at times but there was one match I saw on TV where he lit it up in the second half.

    He deserved to take the potential gamewinner, Arroyo ended up shooting it but A-Mo won me back that game. Best of luck man.