Anthony Morrow Can't Drive to Practice, But He Can Drive to the Basket

Danny PenzaSenior Writer INovember 19, 2008

Anthony Morrow is not your normal NBA rookie.

The kid is a professional basketball player and doesn't own a car. He gets to practice or games using public transportation or bumming a ride from a teammate.

How many times will you be able to say that in your lifetime?

Even though he doesn't have a car, he certainly does have talent. Currently, he's showing every NBA team (even his current one) that passed on him in the draft that maybe they should've taken a flyer on the former Georgia Tech guard.

Morrow exploded onto the basketball scene in his first start with the Warriors, scoring 37 points, the highest total for a player making their first-ever appearance in the starting five since 1971-72, when Elias Sports Bureau starting tracking such statistics.

You got that? More than anybody that has played.

"He's the real deal, and we haven't even learned how to play with him yet," said Warriors head coach Don Nelson, after Morrow went for 25 points against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. "I told the team after the game, we better know where this guy is at all times. It's not just the scoring, it's the threat of him scoring. It just opens up the court for people."

Morrow joined the Warriors over the summer and played with the W's in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and Rocky Mountain Review in Salt Lake City. He averaged 18.1 points and 4.7 rebounds, hit 17 of 23 three-point field goals in Las Vegas and 11 of 16 in Salt Lake City. For his efforts, he was named MVP of Rocky Mountain Revue, where he averaged 21 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game.

It's hard to believe that a few months ago, Morrow thought he would be playing in Ukraine.

"I didn't know anything about it," said Morrow. "I didn't really even know where it was. I just heard that it was cold."

This kind of story is nothing new to the Warriors, who have seen their fair share of undrafted rookies on the roster over the past few years, including as many as five on the roster this year, four starting at least one game.

"I think that's a remarkable thing that Mully's done, finding them off the scrap heap or the bone pile," said Nelson. "To pick out (five) guys who are pretty darn good as NBA players is pretty amazing when you think about it."

It might be premature to say it, but Morrow might be making a vehicle purchase sooner rather than later.