November 6, 2012 |
The Lakers came into the season with four point guards, which didn't bode well for second-year guard Darius Morris. Naturally, Steve Nash was going to get the bulk of the minutes, and with veteran reserves Steve Blake and Chris Duhon on the roster, it didn't look like Morris would get much floor time this season. "I can control what I can control," Morris said. "You just have to work hard, and I'm thankful for the opportunity I'm getting right now. I'm just trying to make the best of it. " With Nash temporarily felled by a non-displaced leg fracture, Morris has passed Duhon in the rotation as Blake's primary backup.
July 2, 2012 |
More pressing matters await during free agency. Will the Lakers hit a "home run" as General Manager Mitch Kupchak hopes? Can the Lakers sign a legitimate free agent despite having only a mini mid-level exception ($3 million) and trade exception ($8.9 million) at their disposal? Do the Lakers now have an opening with Dwight Howard, considering that the Nets have a deal in place to acquire Atlanta forward Joe Johnson? Still, the Lakers took care of at least one bit of free agency that could help their long-term future.
March 7, 2012 |
After facing limited playing time with the Lakers, rookie guard Darius Morris will finally see time on the court. But that will happen while he wears aD-Fendersuniform. The Lakers assigned Morris to the Development League Wednesday, after he averaged 2.7 points and 1.1 assists in 10.3 minutes through 13 games. Despite the Lakers' needs at point guard, Coach Mike Brown expressed skepticism about playing Morris significant minutes because of his inexperience, over-dribbling and his understanding of the offense. Morris assumed the backup spot while Steve Blake sat out the first seven games with a rib injury.
January 26, 2014 |
The Clippers are back to making roster moves. After the second of Darius Morris' 10-day contracts expired following the game against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night, the Clippers decided not to sign the point guard for the rest of the season. Morris is a free agent and can sign with any team he desires. That now leaves the Clippers with a 14-man roster, clearing room for them to sign another player if they so choose. Morris played in 22 games for the Clippers during his short stay with the team.
December 19, 2012 |
When Kobe Bryant was asked about the Lakers comeback, he credited a player whose performance didn't stand out on the stat sheet. "Our bench came in and did a fantastic job," Bryant said. "Darius Morris is a fantastic defender. " Morris finished with an unassuming seven points on three-for-six shooting, four rebounds and three assists in the Lakers' 101-100 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday evening, but his contribution to the team extended far beyond those numbers. Morris played hard-nosed defense against the Bobcats, forcing a few key plays late in the game that helped the Lakers overcome an 18-point second-half deficit.
November 10, 2012 |
In helping the Lakers defeat the Golden State Warriors (101-77) on Friday, second-year point guard Darius Morris arguably had the best game of his young career. With Steve Nash out with a non-displaced leg fracture and Steve Blake in foul trouble, interim-Head Coach Bernie Bickerstaff needed Morris to play nearly 26 minutes. Morris delivered with 10 points, five assists and five rebounds. Bickerstaff stuck with the point-guard rotation of the team's former coach, Mike Brown, playing Morris ahead of veteran Chris Duhon.