March 15th, 2012 at 3:32 PM ^

I wonder if our team would be better or worse if we still had Morris.....  It may sound bad, but I am glad that he went pro and Trey Burke had his opportunity to shine.  Now lets just hope that Burke doesn't try and test the NBA waters.  


March 15th, 2012 at 4:15 PM ^

I have read this question many times, and read the arguments both ways.  Darius is at best an average shooter, but the kid can create off the dribble and make things happen.  That kind of guy almost always makes a team better and more difficult to defend.  To me, the question is not, "Would they be better or worse," but more, "How much better would they be?" 

BTW, I am a Burke fan and have been since JB started recruiting him.


March 15th, 2012 at 4:17 PM ^

I think a point guard that is best suited for playing alongside Kobe is a PG with a good shot, since the offense runs through Kobe and not the PG.  I'm thinking of John Paxson and BJ Armstrong, guys that could spot up when the coverage would collapse on MJ.  I don't think his NBA career is over if the Lakers would just trade him or release him.


March 15th, 2012 at 3:35 PM ^

He is still very young and can still have a good career. It is still sad for the guy. Maybe he could talk to other Michigan players that could jump early to the league about his experience.


March 15th, 2012 at 4:15 PM ^

The NBA is a tough league, especially for guards.  While he could have a solid career, it's just as likely he's going to be a second round bust. 

Nice kid, hope he makes it.  Still think he should have stayed at Michigan, got his degree, improved his game and cemented his UM and college basketball legacy.


March 15th, 2012 at 3:49 PM ^

I know it's all taboo to say things like this around here but honestly I think the guy made a huge mistake.  I certainly want to see him succeed but he had a lot of people counseling him to stay at Michigan another year.  He should have listened.


March 15th, 2012 at 4:14 PM ^

before this trade.  The lakers traded away fisher for what they thought was an upgrade in sessions.  Morris will still do his thing in the d-league and hopefully get called up if the guard play still isn't there


March 15th, 2012 at 4:28 PM ^

He's not in the same position.  Fisher is almost certainly in his last year in the league, so had this trade not happened, Darius would be one of two Lakers on the roster going into next season, with Steve Blake also being not that young.  They may have picked someone up, but they don't have the cap space for a big name and didn't have the draft picks to get anyone high (and SF was their top need anyway).  Now they have a serviceable, young PG, and Blake as a back-up.  This will make it harder for the Lakers to justify bringing him back up to the big league.

Sac Fly

March 15th, 2012 at 5:05 PM ^

He had his chance for the third PG spot and couldn't get it. Gouldlock (?) hitting 3s like crazy early on got him sent down in the first place.


March 15th, 2012 at 8:57 PM ^

weak draft.  My thought at the time was, then this is a one year deal, because if you aren't good enough to get drafted in a "good" draft year then you probably aren't going to stick beyond that year when teams will be re-stocking from the "good" draft.

Point 2, as lately as a week or two ago, D-Mo was quoted as saying that he did not regret going pro and that he was happy with where he is.  It is what it is.


March 15th, 2012 at 10:03 PM ^

I would love to see him get a shot a playing wherever it is that Mark Dantonio goes to coach. Isn't what Mike D'Antoni wants of his PG exactly what Morris is? Picture him and Stoudamire running the pick and roll...

The Shredder

March 16th, 2012 at 12:01 AM ^

No Morris would not fit. The system requires the PG to be able shot the 3 ball well and score like Nash and Lin did for him. People always think its only Morris's terrible shot that hold him back.. Its his defense. He wasn't a good defender at the college level. He couldn't stay in front of Kalin Lucas who was coming off a ACL tear. How in the world can he stay in front of Derrick Rose,Deron Williams,Steve Nash ect. 


March 16th, 2012 at 9:56 AM ^

First off, D'Antoni's teams don't play defense. Nash is not a paricularly great defender. Part of that is because he tries to have his player's conserve their efforts on the defensive side.

Second, Lin is not a great shooter. He finishes well but his outside shooting is suspect. Over the last few weeks, he's been averaging around 37% on his FG pct.