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#1 Majesty

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Posted June 01, 2013 - 01:16 PM

Lakers guard Darius Morris is a regular at the team's training facility.

In addition to improving his outside shot, Morris is working under the guidance of strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco.

 

 

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While Morris is still learning to play at the right pace, offensively, he made a leap in his second season after sitting for most of his rookie year as the 41st pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

Through four postseason games against the San Antonio Spurs, Morris averaged 10.5 points on 45.7% shooting with 3.0 assists.

The 22-year-old guard will hit free agency for the second time in his short career in July. The team is expected to give him a qualifying offer of $1.2 million to make him a restricted free agent.


Read about it here: http://www.latimes.c...0,2595017.story

 

You know... say what you will about this kids ability right now, but stuff like this really does show why Kobe really adores the kid.  He still has a lot to learn and a lot more to add to his game but he is one of the hardest workers on this team not named Kobe, Metta or Nash.  He ain't taking the summer off to recharge or taking a day off, he's at the training facility constantly working on his game trying to become a better player.   Love his work ethic and really hope his game continues to improve.  He may not be there yet but with his gym rat mentality and as hard as he works every day trying to get better he'll be a good player one day.  He won't be the savior of the franchise but he'll be a good bench point guard that can play defense and play off ball to hit threes and that's a step in the right direction.  He uses whatever he can at his disposal to learn, he dedicated learning defense from Metta and trying to learn point guard skills from Nash and wasn't great, but he wasn't the same guy he was last year. 

If he continues to progress he'll become a good player.  He won't be a franchise savior, or next magic johnson or even a walking triple double.  But he'll be a 6'4 combo guard that can play defense and be effective off ball and that's good enough.  It's not like Ebanks who had all the potential but didn't put hours in the gym and barely did it during the season when he got no minutes.  Morris is the opposite, he's a kid that came into the league too soon out of college and is over his head but is working his butt off to get to an NBA level not taking a single day off between season and off-season whether he gets minutes or not and that is something I do like about him as well as his humbleness.   Hope he continues to improve.  With his work ethic I wouldn't assume he won't, the question is how much.


Edited by Majesty, June 01, 2013 - 01:20 PM.

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Posted June 01, 2013 - 01:23 PM

*waits for Morris hate*

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Posted June 01, 2013 - 01:39 PM

I have no hate for Morris as long as he continues to work hard and eventually translate it to in-game contributions.

Good to hear.

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Posted June 01, 2013 - 01:43 PM

In the the gym is where it all starts.

Hopefully his work put into the offseason translates and pays off well in the regular season.


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Posted June 01, 2013 - 01:44 PM

Kid always had a strong work ethic.
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Posted June 01, 2013 - 01:59 PM

I have no hate for Morris as long as he continues to work hard and eventually translate it to in-game contributions.

Good to hear.


This in a nutshell.


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Posted June 01, 2013 - 02:08 PM

The way I read this was he was homeless living in the team training facility

Glad to see he is putting in the work

I wonder how Phil would use him? Big. 6'5 pg?
Phil would make him hit 1000 threes a day in practice

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Posted June 01, 2013 - 02:12 PM

i kinda like this guy now.but he has to bring it on the court



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Posted June 01, 2013 - 02:14 PM

I just hope his decision making improves.

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Posted June 01, 2013 - 02:17 PM

That's good to hear. Was worried he was hangin' around Kelly Divine instead.


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#11 Majesty

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Posted June 01, 2013 - 02:19 PM

I just hope his decision making improves.


This two, I see him becoming more of an off-ball guard but yes that decision making does have to improve regardless, it will improve with hard work as well as experience, he still plays "young" though, so he needs to continue to get better.  Hopefully he heeded the advice Bernie gave him.


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Posted June 01, 2013 - 02:27 PM

Good to hear, he's like a poor mans Stephenson, they both needs to slow it down 


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Posted June 01, 2013 - 02:48 PM

Glad someone mentioned Stephenson.

I think Ebanks is a bit lazy, bc his progression should have been evident.

As far as Morris. Defensively-a 2, and Meeks guards PGs. I would put them on the floor with Pau and Clark and our new SF, whomever that ends up being.

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Posted June 01, 2013 - 03:47 PM

He's got a lot of size and if he could get a better jumper and decision making abilities he could maybe be useful



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Posted June 01, 2013 - 04:37 PM

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Posted June 01, 2013 - 06:01 PM

Best shape ever?


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Posted June 01, 2013 - 06:06 PM

If Morris could put it all together he could become a decent backup combo guard. He has the physical tools and athleticism. The mental side of his game and his basketball IQ is where he needs to make further improvements. If his career doesn't go any further it will be due to that. He seems to have a good work ethic and a drive to better his game which is commendable. When given chances this year i thought he showed at times he has some talent, while other times he looked out of his depth. He did make some improvements though. Wish him the best whether he stays or moves on.

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Posted June 01, 2013 - 07:00 PM

He can improve on someone else's roster
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Posted June 01, 2013 - 07:17 PM

If Morris could put it all together he could become a decent backup combo guard. He has the physical tools and athleticism. The mental side of his game and his basketball IQ is where he needs to make further improvements. If his career doesn't go any further it will be due to that. He seems to have a good work ethic and a drive to better his game which is commendable. When given chances this year i thought he showed at times he has some talent, while other times he looked out of his depth. He did make some improvements though. Wish him the best whether he stays or moves on.


Yes, he definitely showed flashes, and definitely is working hard to make those flashes more consistent. His "i can't afford to sleep" mentality is something more young players should embrace.

I would rather have someone here with flashes and working hard to strive to greatness whether or not its attainable over someone thats sitting on one performance and feels entitled to more play time that quits trying when he doesn't get it.

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Posted June 01, 2013 - 07:47 PM

Can't hate on a guy who's humbly putting in the work and effort. I hope he develops his game and turns into a viable asset in some capacity. Ideally sooner than later lol.  


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