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.
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.