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Frank Slade
06-03-2006, 12:17 PM
..parts from a larger article
Updated: June 2, 2006
Morrison's pushing himself on and off the court

Morrison likes to schedule the meal an hour before he works out, so that means the session led by former UCLA Bruin and NBA forward Don MacLean will start around 11 a.m. Morrison's workout partners are two of his agents' (Mintz and Mark Bartelstein) clients -- seven-year NBA veteran Devean George of the Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger, who just completed his rookie year.


Morrison loves high-stakes competition, from hoops to poker to Xbox. He craves it, so getting NBA players to workout with makes the most sense to him. He wants Bartelstein to set up workouts against his competitors at every stop. He'll get Memphis' Rodney Carney at Charlotte on Monday (the Bobcats pick No. 3 overall), and he might get Rudy Gay of Connecticut in Portland (No. 4) on June 15 and Toronto (No. 1) on June 21 -- and wouldn't mind seeing either one of them in Chicago (No. 2) on June 19, either. Morrison lit up both Gay's and Carney's clubs during the regular season, even though the Zags lost both games (versus UConn in Maui and at Memphis).

"Having NBA players in here can get him that experience and get him ready to play," George said.

Granger came in for one day a few weeks ago just to work out with Morrison and has since returned for a more regular routine.

"It's good for him to play against [us] and we're helping each other out," Granger said.

Before Morrison gets started, he takes us through his required diabetic equipment that is stashed in a bag along the sideline....
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No one is going to expect Adam to be a lock-down defender," MacLean said. "At the end of the day, he's going to get 25 a night. He's one of the guys who makes more shots in competition in 2-on-2 and full court than he does [in] shooting drills by himself."

George stops a few times to instruct Morrison on angles defensively. He said Morrison has good foot speed but more than anything "needs to know what is legal and illegal [defensively]"


"Honestly, I thought I was a great defender in college, but I was lost the first half of the season," Granger said. "Once you learn the tricks, you'll be better."

ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2006/columns/story?columnist=katz_andy&id=2467539)

rexnom
06-03-2006, 12:21 PM
Good for Adam, I'd think that if he can score on Danny, he can score on anybody in workouts.

Peck
06-03-2006, 01:09 PM
"Honestly, I thought I was a great defender in college, but I was lost the first half of the season," Granger said. "Once you learn the tricks, you'll be better."


That comment makes me so happy I can't even explain myself as to why.

Pacersfan.
06-03-2006, 01:52 PM
I think Granger just makes all Pacers fans feel happy. It's almost like Al all over again....except I hope Danny stays with the Pacers!

BoomBaby31
06-03-2006, 03:37 PM
Maybe we can trade up to get Adam :) (yeah right)

Kegboy
06-03-2006, 03:52 PM
Maybe we can trade up to get Adam :) (yeah right)

Maybe he'll drop like a stone like Danny did. ;)

Trader Joe
06-03-2006, 08:06 PM
"Honestly, I thought I was a great defender in college, but I was lost the first half of the season," Granger said. "Once you learn the tricks, you'll be better."


That comment makes me so happy I can't even explain myself as to why.

I believe it is called work ethic. Danny just never ceases to amaze me with his relentless passion to learn and add to his game. I have no doubt this kid is going to surprise yet again next season, no matter what challenge we set in front of him.

pizza guy
06-03-2006, 09:46 PM
Does that mean DG is pulling for us to get Morrison? How much pull does he have? Let's hope it's a lot.

That would be amazing, simply amazing.

Suaveness
06-03-2006, 10:07 PM
He needs to start.

Tim
06-03-2006, 11:09 PM
He needs to start.

Do trade Peja.

SoupIsGood
06-03-2006, 11:22 PM
Does that mean DG is pulling for us to get Morrison? How much pull does he have? Let's hope it's a lot.

That would be amazing, simply amazing.

:pray:

skyfire
06-04-2006, 03:29 AM
Did Granger play against Morrison when he was in college?

Maybe Morrison remembered Danny as one of the best defenders he had faced up to and wanted to see the ways that he had improved since college.

Leisure Suit Larry
06-05-2006, 09:06 AM
Did Granger play against Morrison when he was in college?

Maybe Morrison remembered Danny as one of the best defenders he had faced up to and wanted to see the ways that he had improved since college.

or MAYBE its because they both have the same agent and the agent wanted a young SF to workout with him and maybe you guys are looking too much in to it.

loborick
06-05-2006, 12:13 PM
Morrison and Danny never played against each other in college. The Lobos haven't played Gonzaga in about five years. They had a great two games series, with both games going OT, and both teams winning on the other's court.

blanket
06-21-2006, 02:04 PM
http://www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_3961451

Basic training
Former UCLA star MacLean becomes trusted instructor
BY BRIAN DOHN, Staff Writer

Adam Morrison was having fits. He talked to some of his buddies about their daily workouts, and found he was doing more running. Way more running, and he didn't like it one bit.

He was getting ready to work out for NBA teams, so his shooting needed to be spot on. His legs had to be fresh. And here was Don MacLean, enjoying his retirement, running the scoring machine from Gonzaga ragged.

"We didn't quite get along at first, but I still listened," Morrison said. "He played in the league for a few years, so he knows what he's talking about. It sucked at first, but I stuck with it."

Morrison, a highly rated wing, was MacLean's latest pupil in a two-month crash course on getting ready for the NBA, and more importantly, preparing for individual team workouts leading up to the June 28 draft.

MacLean, a former Simi Valley High standout who went on to become UCLA's and the Pacific 10 Conference's all-time leading scorer, has been doing this for three springs after his agent, Mark Bartelstein, introduced the idea. MacLean's camp helps Bartelstein's clients get ready to work out for NBA clubs.

"I told Mark I'd try it, but in three weeks if I call you and say I don't want to do it any more, you have to let me off the hook," MacLean said.

"Coaching never really interested me that much, the whole process of networking to get the initial job and then moving your family around the country. I've done pretty well, so I don't need to do that. But this kind of quenches my thirst for coaching, in a sense. If you told me I had to do this for eight months out of the year, I don't know if I'd do it. But for two months, I really, really enjoy it."

MacLean retired in 2001 after a nine-year career in the NBA. The past three seasons, he was the analyst on UCLA radio broadcasts, and last season also was a commentator on Fox Sports Net.

But it is on the basketball court where MacLean is most at ease.

Beginning in mid-April, MacLean worked out Morrison at the 360 Health Club in Reseda six days a week. Some days other college players would stop by, or the Lakers' Devean George, the Knicks' David Lee, or Indiana's Danny Granger.

Lee and Granger both prepped for the NBA draft by working out with MacLean, and Granger is a testament to how much a player can improve under the former UCLA star. Projected as a second-round pick coming out of the University of New Mexico, Granger improved his stock so much he was selected No. 17 overall by Indiana in last year's draft. Granger and Lee came back to work out again with MacLean this offseason.

"I goof around a lot, but (Bartelstein) knows I take this very seriously," MacLean said. "He trusts me. He knows that I'm going to push (Morrison). He knows I know how important conditioning is for this process, because there are two different things.

"We have these two months to present (Morrison) to teams. Guys like Lee and Granger, we don't run. We just instruct. David Lee's shot needs to be worked on. Danny Granger still needs a lot of work on the perimeter."

One day earlier this month, MacLean arrived wearing a golf visor, polo shirt and a pair of shorts. His NBA career was littered with injuries, and his achy knees are evident as soon as he begins drilling Morrison.

Morrison's day began with running, and progressed to shooting drills. There were the 3-point shots from five locations on the court, the one-on-one competition in which a player cannot dribble more than twice after getting a start-up pass from MacLean, penetration drills, coming off screens, etc.

"I can work out point guards and I can work out big men, but my expertise is wing guys," MacLean said. "It's helping them improve their footwork and help them get better at scoring.

"That's why Adam's been so interesting. I ran through the checklist of what he had, and it was, yeah, he has everything. He's really been easy once I got him buying into doing it."

That's where the running comes in, like the full-court breakouts and the timed suicide runs.

"I think the thing that helped me the most is I'm in a lot better shape," Morrison said. "I'm a lot more explosive."

But that doesn't mean MacLean doesn't know a few things about defense, and he quickly tells Morrison the importance of absorbing an initial post-up move with a forearm before using his body and feet to defend.

"I think Adam knows now that I know how to play perimeter NBA basketball and he listens to what I have to say," MacLean said. "Its pretty high-end, technical stuff because you're talking about guys that are already pretty good."

When Morrison's jab step is done with little intensity, MacLean draws on his NBA experience to explain why that move won't work in the NBA unless it's done with full commitment.

MacLean averaged 10.9 points during his NBA career after scoring 20.5 per game in four seasons at UCLA.

"He's helped me with a lot of little stuff," Morrison said. "He always says to pick up the rim when I'm shooting, get my eyes on the target. We worked on footwork stuff that gives you a little extra time to get a shot off. My faceup game is a lot better and I can create my shot a lot better."

Morrison said MacLean's experience is the reason he didn't leave after the first week of workouts. Now, Morrison is poised to be a top-five pick in the draft. And MacLean satisfied his coaching itch for another year.

FrenchConnection
06-21-2006, 03:00 PM
I take this as good news. It means that there is still a lot of "upside" to his game.

Kegboy
06-21-2006, 04:05 PM
Projected as a second-round pick coming out of the University of New Mexico, Granger improved his stock so much he was selected No. 17 overall by Indiana in last year's draft.

:huh:

Hicks
06-21-2006, 04:11 PM
Very early on he was, then later it sounded like he'd be a lottery pick.

FrenchConnection
06-21-2006, 04:22 PM
Very early on he was, then later it sounded like he'd be a lottery pick.

Yeah, his stock rose quickly after the NCAA tournament was over. Made me less enthusiastic about the pick than some of you because NBA history is littered with players that had their stock rise due to individual workouts that turned out to be busts. But, I am very happy to have been wrong.

Leisure Suit Larry
06-21-2006, 04:25 PM
Does that mean DG is pulling for us to get Morrison? How much pull does he have? Let's hope it's a lot.

That would be amazing, simply amazing.

Granger is going to go to all 16 teams picking in front of us and nicely ask if they will pass on Morrison. Then when Larry and Donnie come to ask him who they should pick on draft night he will tell them he wants Morrison.