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Adam Morrison: From College Star to NBA 12th Man Part One

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Adam Morrison #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks on the court during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on February 26, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers defeated the Suns 132-106.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Steven MerriamCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2009

Adam Morrison was born on July 19, 1984 in Glendville, Montana.  When Morrison was younger, his father was the head basketball coach at colleges like Wyoming and South Dakota.

At one point in Morrison's young life, he was the ball boy for Gonzaga's men's basketball team.  In high school, Morrison attended a basketball camp at Gonzaga and figured out that he had type-one diabetes.

In his high school years, Morrison set the career scoring records for his high school conference. After high school, Morrison went on to the college he used to be a ball boy for—Gonzaga University.

In his freshman year at Gonzaga, Morrison was named to the All-WCC Freshman Team.  In his second year at Gonzaga, Morrison was named to the WCC's All- First Team.  In his last year in college, his junior year, Morrison led the nation in points per game and was second in the National Player of the Year Award behind J.J. Redick. After Morrison's junior year, he decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2006 NBA Draft.  In 2006, Morrison was chosen to play for the U.S. team at the FIBA World Championship, but was later cut.

Morrison was selected with the third pick in the draft by the Charlotte Bobcats.  Morrison was the starter at SF for the Bobcats for about half the season.  In 2007, Morrison sustained a severe knee injury.  Morrison had surgey and missed all of the 2008-2009 NBA season due to the injury.

In 2009, Morrison was traded along with Shannon Brown to the Lakers for Vladimir Radmanovic.  Larry Brown said the reason Morrison was traded was because he could not take the pressures of being the No. 3 pick in the draft.

Morrison hardly played for the Lakers.  In the postseason, the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA finals.  Morrison's career averages include 8.7 points per game, 1.6 assists per game and 2.4 rebounds per game.

Morrison played this summer for the Lakers in the Summer League.  I think it would be interesting if he could make an impact for the Lakers this season. 

Time will tell if Morrison is a bust, but so far it is looking like it.

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