Marcus Morris, a 33-year-old and 12-year-old NBA veteran, paid tribute to his alma mater, the College of Kansas, earlier this week throughout Los Angeles Clippers media day.
This time his dropping of the KU title concerned Jayhawks soccer in addition to hoops.
Requested by a reporter if he had “any ideas on Kansas soccer”, Morris replied: “Hey, hey, 4-0, man. Had been going. They’re doing a fantastic job there. I believe it began with us successful a basketball championship, and it continued. You understand how it goes. It is that successful impact.
The Jayhawks, in fact, gained the lads’s nationwide basketball title final April. The KU soccer staff is 4-0 heading into Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. house recreation towards Iowa State.
Morris, 33, is about to enter his third full season with the Clippers. He additionally performed for Houston, Phoenix, Detroit, Boston and New York.
When requested how he spent the final offseason, Morris stated, “I used to be chasing my sons. I’ve a 4 12 months previous and a 2 12 months previous. They’re lively, very lively, so I acquired up early. That is how I began my coaching each morning, in order that was fairly cool for me.
Morris’ proper knee has bothered him on the pitch prior to now.
“I labored on my flexibility, I stayed in form, I labored rather a lot on my knee. It is the most effective I’ve felt in a very long time,” Morris stated. “I am simply excited. I’ll be the most effective three-point shooter within the league this 12 months, probably the greatest level guards, and I am excited to assist the staff.
He famous that it was “one of many longest offseasons I’ve had in my profession, truthfully. I believe it actually, actually helped me. I really feel like I’ve had time to replicate and relaxation my physique. I really feel good.”
Markieff Morris is a “robust man”
Marcus’ brother Markieff additionally proved a well-liked interview this week throughout his Brooklyn Nets Media Day.
Former KU Markieff, who signed with the Nets this offseason after enjoying sparingly with the Miami Warmth a 12 months in the past, had a playful exchange with a journalist who prefaced a query to 33-year-old Morris: “You form of acquired a status as an enforcer, form of a badass.”
Morris interrupted him, “A tricky man?”
The reporter continued, “Very robust man, excuse me…what shapes that toughness?”
“Philly,” stated Markieff Morris, who, like Marcus, is from Philadelphia. “That is the place I come from. I’ve all the time had this chip on my shoulder, (it is) simply my nature, man. I used to be simply saying to a man (journalist): ‘Off the pitch, I am two completely completely different folks, however on the pitch, as soon as it is time, it is time.
Markieff, who like Marcus performed at KU three seasons (2009-11) performed within the NBA for Phoenix, Washington, Oklahoma Metropolis, Detroit, the Los Angeles Lakers (the place he gained an NBA title in 2020) and Miami.
Nets coach Steve Nash had this to say to the New York Submit in regards to the staff’s acquisition of Markieff: “It is nice to convey a veteran like that to our squad, somebody with expertise and tenacity. He is been deep within the playoffs and achieved quite a lot of issues that may assist our group as you navigate no matter comes your manner throughout the season.
He says the 6-foot-9, 245-pound Morris will play 5-place.
“Markieff is a necessity for us, his presence, his persona. He has a voice, he has expertise, he has an understanding of the sport. It is a want. We want guys who can discuss to the group. … They perceive the sport. They have been there earlier than. These instruments are usually not straightforward to search out. He has all of these issues,” Nash stated.
Devon Dotson indicators with Wizards
Former KU goalkeeper Devon Dotson, 23, has signed a 10-piece contract with the Washington Wizards, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who wrote on Twitter that Dotson ought to “compete for the Wizards Open Two-Method Slot (enjoying for each Wizards and G League’s Capital Metropolis Go-Go).”
10-piece contracts are one-year contracts value minimal wage. They don’t seem to be assured, however might embody an non-compulsory bonus starting from $5,000 to $50,000.
Dotson, who performed at KU from 2018-2020, is in his third 12 months as knowledgeable. He performed 11 video games for the Chicago Bulls in 2021-22, averaging 2.6 factors and 1.4 assists per recreation in restricted obligation.
Dotson was waived by the Bulls in January 2022. Earlier than being reduce, he averaged 21.0 factors and 6.9 assists per recreation in 25 video games for the Windy Metropolis Bulls of the G League.
He tailored for Summer season League staff Washington Wizards in July in Las Vegas.
Wizards really want some assist on the level guard. Monte Morris and Delon Wright are the 2 finest guards on the depth chart. Dotson would compete with Quenton Jackson and Jordan Goodwin for two-way offers.