Great timing by SI, huh? At the end of January, one-time TBL interviewee Jon Wertheim penned a strong piece on the demise of Morrison and Redick; soonafter, Redick’s meager playing time was gobbled up by the return of slashing foreigner Mickael Pietrus, and a couple weeks later, Morrison is dealt in a salary cap dump.
(It was said in the SI piece: Morrison’s failure in Charlotte also cements Michael Jordan’s legacy as one of the worst drafters the NBA has ever seen. He took Kwame Brown first in 2001, and Morrison 3rd in 2006.)
Vlad Rad was supposed to be a Peja-Dirk hybrid, but he never emerged as a consistent sharpshooter. Why the Lakers gave him big money is a delicious mystery. He now becomes an expensive reserve with the Bobcats – once Gerald Wallace returns – and gets a longer summer since Charlotte isn’t playoff-bound.
Morrison fights for PT with Ariza, Luke Walton, and rookie Sun Yee, meaning on paper, he should have an opportunity to play. The good news for Morrison is that the Western Conference runs more than the East (nine of the top 15 scoring teams are in the West), so that should mean more burn and more shots for the former Gonzaga star.
Adam “Van” Morrison is a Laker! (Lake Show Life)