The New York Knicks are hoping the $15 million they awarded forward Marcus Morris will pay dividends on the court this upcoming season. The veteran intends to earn his keep as well, displaying notion that he intends to bring a certain level of grit and toughness to the franchise. On Monday night, during a preseason game against the Washington Wizards, the veteran Morris was ejected after a play where he swung his elbows back and forth extremely hard, and followed the motion up by bouncing the ball off Washington perimeter defender Justin Anderson’s head.
Morris received a “Flagrant 2” foul and automatic ejection. Both benches cleared while the two players exchanged heated words. By the end of the game, New York came away with the victory 104-99. During his floor-time before the ejection, Morris paced the Knicks by scoring 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds in only 19 minutes of action.
The former Kentucky draftee made it clear he doesn’t intend to back down to anyone this season. According to ESPN, Morris is facing a one-game suspension. He offered, “Am I concerned about a suspension?” I would be concerned if it was regular season. I wouldn’t want to miss any regular-season games. If that was regular season I wouldn’t have done that. My team needs me. I’ve got to be smart, set a better example.”
The Knick’s free agent addition also mentioned, “But like I said at the beginning, we’re not taking any s—. So it is what it is.”
The Knicks have been the laughing-stock of the NBA for years now, and haven’t managed to accomplish much dating back to the nineties. The fans at Madison Square Garden have suffered at the hands of below-average ownership, inept front-office management and free-agents turning their nose up at the franchise for years. MSG is the supposed “Mecca” of basketball stages and deserves to showcase a competitive product on the floor each-and-every night. Maybe, the chip on Marcus Morris’ shoulder is exactly the type of tenacity and edge the dormant franchise needs to regain their winning form?
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