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Whenthe Portland Trail Blazers gave Adam Morrison the No. 3 overallpick in the 2006 NBA Draft a chance to return to the NationalBasketball Association by signing him to a training camp deal, I'mnot sure anyone knew this could probably be his last chance.
Afterbeing out of the league the last two years, Morrison, 28, toldCSNNW.com that if he didn't make the Trail Blazers' regular seasonroster, he has plans to end his professional playing career and start a newone.
I'mgoing to finish school and start coaching (If he didn't make theTrail Blazers roster)...I did the Europe thing and it just wasn't forme, Morrison told CSNNW.com. Not saying the (Europe) culture oranything like that, (or) the people, it just wasn't for me. So, yeah,if it doesn't work out, I'm willing to look myself in the mirror andsay, 'I gave it a honest shot' and turn the page. Do something else.
CoachMorrison has a nice ring to it.
WithElliot Williams out for the year with a torn Achilles, Morrison has alegitimate shot to survive past training camp with the team's lack ofwing play.
Headcoach Terry Stotts says scoring is Morrison's strength, but addsMorrison will have to show that he can be serviceable on thedefensive end as well.
Ithink everybody is aware that he has a great ability to put the ballin the basket, Stotts said after the team's first training campsession. He can make shots, he can create shots. That's hisstrength. That's his bread and butter and that's the way he willprove himself.
Butat the same token, he has to do a little of everything: He's got todefend, he has to fit within the team. If he has to beat somebodyout, he has to beat somebody out. So, I think there are a lot offactors.
Ifthose factors somehow don't play into Morrison's favor and he ends upbeing cut by the Trail Blazers, in his own words, Life's alright.
It'sfunny, people act like just because it didn't work out, my life isjust, horrible. You know what I mean?, Morrison said with achuckle. It's not that bad. Ok, it didn't go well, but it's notlike I'm destitute, and broke, and homeless. There's a lot of peoplewho have had worst things happen than not making it in a certaincareer.
I'ma father, I enjoy other activities. Life's alright.
Morrison'stwo daughters and girlfriend reside in Spokane, Wash., a placehe has called home ever since the fourth grade. He considers it a blessingthat the Trail Blazers are giving him an opportunity to provehis worth despite whatever rumors are out there about him.
Thelast couple of years, people wouldn't even look at me or touch mewith a 10-foot pole as far as basketball is concerned, Morrisonsaid. So, it's nice...I'm local in a sense. It's hard to be realtruly local in the NBA, but I'm a Northwest guy so hopefully I canput it together.
Inobserving Morrison at practice during the brief time the media wereallowed to watch, he was stroking the three-ball with regularity anddoing so effortlessly.
Hestill has game left and that was apparent after his eye-droppingSummer League performance where he averaged20.0 points per game, 5.0 rebounds while shooting 55 percent from thefield and 61 percent from three-point range.
There'sroom for that type of player on an NBA roster and hopefully, thatroster is the Trail Blazers.