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#1 Majesty

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Posted June 26, 2013 - 09:10 PM

Good on him.  Those were some of his biggest problems

 

Darius Morris spending offseason trying to diversify his game

 

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Very few days go by where Darius Morris isn’t doing something at the gym.

He’s gone to the Lakers’ practice facility nearly every day this offseason in hopes to strengthen his body, improve his shooting and build more awareness in tempering his speed. Lakers strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco routinely tweets out Vine videos of Morris working out.

 

Morris may have had a minor role in his first two seasons with the Lakers. But his enthusiasm for the daily grind hasn’t soured. And that might be just enough for the Lakers to extend a $1.2 million qualifying offer to Morris before June 30, which would make him a restricted free agent and allow the Lakers to match any offer that comes his way.

 

“Definitely,” Morris said on wanting to stay with the Lakers. “You want to be at a place that values you and want to help them out to win championships. I’ve grown up being a part of it.”

And he hopes to continue to grow by adopting one simple formula.

“I’m just working hard in the gym and trying to take advantage of the resources,” Morris said recently at a Time Warner Cable Media sponsored event. “I want to be in there every day doing certain drills with the offense. I’m trying to take advantage of that.”

 

 

“I just got to get those little kinks out. A lot of experiences allowed me to make those mistakes,” Morris said. “So I have to make sure there’s no excuses and I don’t make the same mistakes. I have to make sure they’re different ones. It’s not going to be perfect, but I just have to cut down on some of the plays where I’m wondering, ‘Why did I do that?’ I have to get back to adjust to the quickness, length and speed. I think I can do it, but i have to bring it out on myself.”

 

“A lot of times when I came off the bench, I thought I had to make it all happen,” Morris said of his rookie season. “I’m maturing into the game and being able to read your options. You don’t have to score. Make it easy. It’s about being comfortable.”

 



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Good.  Working on your decision making, overdribbling and trying to force the issue and you'll have a fine year with us.  

Said it a thousand times before but I do love this kid's work ethic and acknowledging what his problems are and trying to focus on working on them and constant thirst for knowledge. 


Really hope all this hard work pays off for him.


Edited by Majesty, June 26, 2013 - 09:10 PM.

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#2 bigfetz

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Posted June 26, 2013 - 09:14 PM

Seems like every month there is a new "Morris is doing blank to make him better" article. Yet he still sucks. 



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Posted June 26, 2013 - 09:16 PM

Can't wait for CJ to see this.


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Posted June 26, 2013 - 09:19 PM

wasn't there a thread like this few weeks ago?



#5 Majesty

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Posted June 26, 2013 - 09:20 PM

Seems like every month there is a new "Morris is doing blank to make him better" article. Yet he still sucks. 


I'm at the very least glad that there's an article about how hard he's working and that he's trying to improve his game.   I remember an article posted about him being in the gym and someone left a comment that they were hoping he was working on his decision making.   

Apparently he has been.  But he's also pinpointed it as an issue so I'm glad to hear it and will be watching to see how much he improves.     I really think his learning curve wouldn't have been so steep if he'd stayed in college another 2 years.  But alas.  I'm glad he's one of the hardest workers on the team to work on getting better.  Kobe wouldn't have taken him under his wing as his protege if he didn't see something in him. 

Would rather that I hear articles about Morris working hard over him showing up out of shape and having worked on nothing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I also wish I'd heard the same articles about Shaq when he was here  :ph34r:


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Posted June 26, 2013 - 09:36 PM

I like to hear that one of our young guys is attempting to maximize his potential



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Posted June 26, 2013 - 09:37 PM

What a worker. This kid is awesome. Still is a garbage basketball player.

#8 Majesty

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Posted June 26, 2013 - 09:43 PM

I like to hear that one of our young guys is attempting to maximize his potential

 

agreed


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Posted June 26, 2013 - 09:45 PM

He's like that one anime character that trains his ass off everyday then freezes up when he gets into the field. 



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Posted June 26, 2013 - 09:51 PM

I respect his work ethic. Unfortunately I don't think his ceiling is too high. At the very best I'm hoping he becomes a serviceable bench guard, but right now he's nothing more than a D-League player. 



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Posted June 26, 2013 - 09:52 PM

He knows he sucks, that's why he's trying to improve. Good on DMo, one of my favorite players on this team. Humble and hard working, hoping he breaks out this season.



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Posted June 26, 2013 - 10:16 PM

He's like that one anime character that trains his ass off everyday then freezes up when he gets into the field. 


So he's Gohan before training with Goku in the time chamber.

If that's the case I'll await him to get to this point.



Kobe is Goku. 


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Posted June 26, 2013 - 11:58 PM

Nice to hear. I like this kids drive and work ethic. While he may never end up being more than a bench role player, he shows he appreciates the opportunity he has been given. He is going to give his all to succeed and he may end up failing but he wont leave without trying. He is working on his weaknesses which are ball handling, speed control and finishing which is good to hear. I have said before that he has the physical tools, just needs to improve mentally. Good luck to him and I hope his hard work may pay off. If it dont he can always do a sextape with that pornstar lol.

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Posted June 27, 2013 - 02:21 AM

Morris can only be Mr. Popo

 

 

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#15 Majesty

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Posted June 27, 2013 - 03:01 AM

Morris can only be Mr. Popo

 

 

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Really?

Cause Mr Popo was only slightly less stronger than Goku at Super Saiyan =p

So being Mr Popo would be awesome too :laughing:


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Posted June 27, 2013 - 03:29 AM

good to hear, that was my biggest gripe on him was his decision making and trying to force the  issue. We'll see if it pays off 


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Posted June 27, 2013 - 03:36 AM

We shall see.

Is he in summer league?

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Posted June 27, 2013 - 03:37 AM

We shall see.

Is he in summer league?

 

 

 

Should be, don't know for sure 


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Posted June 27, 2013 - 04:11 AM

good to hear, that was my biggest gripe on him was his decision making and trying to force the  issue. We'll see if it pays off 


Agree 100% if he can fix that aspect of his game he could very well become a very good backup for us. 

Consistency and decision making, if he improves those two things.   We'll have a good backup in him.  I'm sure his shot he's already improving.   It's consistency and decision making that needed his focus.  Glad it's getting it!

And yes him and Goudelock should be in our summer league team.


Edited by Majesty, June 27, 2013 - 04:11 AM.

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Posted June 27, 2013 - 04:42 AM

Seems like every month there is a new "Morris is doing blank to make him better" article. Yet he still sucks. 

its the same as last year  :laughing: but wait  :cool2: were talking about decision making here not polishing his STUPID SKILLS anymore. Thank god  :pray: that someone cracked his numb skull but I'm glad that he figure it out what is the problem with him.

Well another GOODLUCK  :thumsbup: word from me again Darius Morris.


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