Adam Morrison might be the post-child for how badly Michael Jordan has messed up as an owner. But the two have some good memories.
Morrison was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats with the 3rd overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. The former Gonzaga guard/forward had taken quite a few leaps over the course of his college career.
Expectations from him were sky-high, but Morrison proved himself not to be NBA-ready. He shot below 40% from the field and 30% from the 3-point line as a rookie and was moved to the bench.
Morrison finished his NBA career out with 2 rings as a fringe member of Kobe’s repeat teams. It’s now been 15 years since Morrison was drafted and around 14 since he was confirmed as a bust.
Understandably, he’s been out of public attention for a while. But many people still remember him as the poster child for MJ’s inept front office moves. Morrison was, after all, his first-ever lottery pick.
Adam Morrison talks about the time he won $100 from Michael Jordan
Adam Morrison was on the ‘Battle for LA’ podcast last May, talking about his experiences with the GOAT as ‘The Last Dance’ was peaking on TV screens across the world. He says MJ has an aura unlike anyone he’s ever met:
“Being around Mike was, I’ve been around obviously celebrities and pro athletes, I was one, and playing for the Lakers you are around people that are larger than life and Mike by far takes the cake as far as aura and the way people act around him. Just like his being, I guess you could say is unmatched.”
Morrison on MJ (2/2): “So Gonzaga played Carolina in the Garden after my rook yr, & we won, & so I saw him at the Christmas party & was like, ‘Hey, you owe me $100!’ & I was kind of like joking, & he was like, ‘Oh yeah! No problem.’ & he pulled out like $8-10k out of his pocket.”
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) May 4, 2020
Morrison also narrated a story about his Gonzaga days, when he won a $100 bet with Jordan:
“We used to have an unwritten rule in the league, and most teams did it. If your team played each other in basketball or football, it was an automatic $100 bet.”
“So Gonzaga played [North] Carolina in the [Madison Square] Garden after my rookie year, and we won, and so I saw him at the Christmas party and was like, ‘Hey, you owe me $100!’ And I was kind of like joking, and he was like, ‘Oh yeah! No problem.’ And he pulled out like $8-10 grand out of his pocket.”