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Old 10-16-2007, 08:48 PM   #1
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Default Morrison Focusing On Defense In Preseason

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Morrison using preseason to become more of a defensive stopper
By Richard Walker
October 14, 2007 - 6:00PM
CHARLOTTE — When Adam Morrison was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats with the third overall pick in 2006, he was supposed to be the fourth-quarter scorer the team so desperately needed.
Instead, as Morrison prepares for his second season with his second NBA head coach, he’s impressed his new boss with … defense?
“The thing that’s really encouraging is that he’s working to become a better defender,” Vincent said of Morrison. “He’s working hard and he’s getting stronger. I’m confident that this year he’ll become a guy — maybe not on the NBA All-Defensive team — but I think he’ll be a guy that at least can contain guys and contest shots. That’s what we’re asking of him.”
Morrison’s improvement will be on display in Charlotte for the first time this preseason tonight at 7 when the Bobcats host the New Jersey Nets.


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Old 10-17-2007, 04:18 AM   #2
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Default Re: Morrison Focusing On Defense In Preseason

I for one am glad to hear this. While it didn't show much last year, he has a talent for offense, and I think defense is something a player can improve with hard work. He probably won't become a great offensive player, but I'm sure he'll get better, and the more well-rounded he is, the better.
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:05 AM   #3
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If he can go from "horrible" to "below average" that's already a huge difference.
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Old 10-20-2007, 02:44 PM   #4
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If Morrison can somehow get quicker feet, everything else will work itself out
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Old 10-20-2007, 04:47 PM   #5
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If Morrison can somehow get quicker feet, everything else will work itself out

Do they sell those at Dick's?

I think that's about the only way he gets quicker feet.
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Old 10-20-2007, 09:33 PM   #6
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He seems a little quicker so far this year.
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Old 10-20-2007, 09:52 PM   #7
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He seems a little quicker so far this year.

That's because he's actually trying on defense this year.

He's just not a fast athletic guy. The only thing he can do is work hard and try to learn the angles...and from what little I've seen he's doing his part so far.

Honestly, I'm thrilled with his new attitude/work ethic. I never "hated" him for not hitting shots or not being a defensive stud; I knew he'd struggle on the one and be subpar on the other. It was always the lack of effort.
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Old 10-20-2007, 09:55 PM   #8
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You dont have to be athletically gifted to be good at defense. Bruce Bowen isnt a great athlete, and neither is Raja Bell, but their great defensive players. You just need to know which angles to take.
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You dont have to be athletically gifted to be good at defense. Bruce Bowen isnt a great athlete, and neither is Raja Bell, but their great defensive players. You just need to know which angles to take.

I agree...you just have to have the drive and determination to get there. So far Ammo is showing some promising signs.
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