Every team has that one "guy".
That one guy who comes to work early in the morning.
The guy who gives 110% everyday just because he loves the game.
Adam Morrison, former college superstar out of Gonzaga University is that "guy" for the Los Angeles Lakers.
If you can come back with me to 2003, you will remember the year very clearly. Morrison was a popular, rising star from a small time college by the name of Gonzaga and someone named J.J. Reddick was the "Big Time Brat" from Duke the guy that was easy to hate.
J.J. was the typical "Dukie."
He had the straight hair with the knock down long range shot and of course he had the looks.
Morrison on the other hand was the exact opposite.
He looked like Tarzan. He had the wild hair and the hideous mustache that everyone loved to look at.
But no one could deny that both were going to have a future in the game of basketball.
The million dollar question was: Who was going to be better?
College Career Averages
Adam Morrison averaged: 19.7 (ppg), 5.1 (rpg), and he shot 50.3 percent from the field during his stay at Gonzaga. He also played 91 games total as a college athlete.
J.J. Reddick averaged: 19.9 (ppg), 2.7 (rpg), and he shot 43.2 percent from the field. He played 139 games as a Dukie.
These career stats were very deceiving for Adam Morrison.
NBA Career Averages
Now I am only going to provide Morrison's NBA averages because I want to prove my point here.
Adam Morrison's current averages are: 7.5 (ppg), 2.1 (rpg), and he is shooting 0.33 percent from the field.
Wasn't he supposed to become a good NBA player?
I guess not.
Because Morrison experienced some injuries as most NBA players do and he hasn't played too much as an NBA player in the two years that he has played.
I cannot tell you enough how many players come out of college over hyped and over rated due to their success in either high school or college.
Morrison wasn't over-rated but I still think he under-achieved considering he has good fundamentals and a solid game.
This didn't hurt his career too much though.
Morrison learned to accept his role as the "energizer" for the Lakers.
This has only helped him in the sense that, he may have lost his reputation as a dominant player but he gained another respectful role as an "energizer", which every team needs.
I have only gained more respect towards Morrison and his efforts to make the best possible situation for himself.
He is not a fool, he knows that he has limited years in the NBA and he has already won more championships than most NBA players and he is just trying to do all he can help the Lakers win another.
His role is to play hard in practice and be the first to stand up and encourage others to hand out high fives and hugs.
If you haven't noticed, he is always the first on camera when time outs are called and he always has a smile on his face.
Now that's what I call appreciation and love for the game.
Show me ten players that can do what Morrison does day in and day out.
The NBA could use more players like Adam Morrison.
It seems that most players in the NBA don't appreciate their professions as much as they should. I mean, they are getting paid millions of dollars and they can't even put a simple smile on for their own team mates?
Come on, give a hand to players like Adam Morrison.
I will only hope for more Adam Morrisons in the near future.
So for those who dream of playing in the NBA, practice harder than everybody else, have a positive attitude, and most importantly have fun playing the game you love.
Kudo's to the Adam Morrisons of the world.