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vapacersfan
06-25-2006, 07:01 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2006/news/story?id=2498764


(http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18840)
Adam Morrison (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18840) might not be the No. 1 pick in next week's NBA Draft, but he seems to be at the top of the heap in the eyes of sports marketers.


The 6-foot-8 forward has already racked up endorsement deals with the likes of Topps, adidas and Electronic Arts, and is on the cusp of signing a Diabetes-related contract that might top the others in value.



Sources told ESPN.com that Morrison's multi-year, seven-figure deal with adidas was signed this week. With the deal, Morrison will join the ranks of the company's other NBA endorsers, which include Houston Rockets (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=Hou) forward Tracy McGrady, Minnesota Timberwolves (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=Min) forward Kevin Garnett and San Antonio Spurs (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=Sas) center Tim Duncan.



Morrison's deal with Electronic Arts will allow the company to use him in its marketing campaigns, including a commercial that the company shot earlier this month in Los Angeles with the former Gonzaga star. His contract with Topps is an exclusive autograph and memorabilia trading card deal. The company plans to use Morrison on product packaging and in national advertising.

Morrison was clearly helped along by embracing the spotlight in his final season at Gonzaga. He bested Duke's J.J. Redick (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18853) to become the Division I scoring champ, averaging 28.1 points per game.


Morrison's marketing agent Rob Lefko said that his client's recognition factor certainly didn't hurt when presenting him to companies.


We started with a huge advantage in that everyone was aware of Adam," said Lefko of Priority Sports, which represents more than 100 players, including this year's draftees Nik Caner-Medley (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=19004), James Augustine (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18932) and Shannon Brown (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18893). "They knew what he could do and the passion that he plays with."



Some in the media have suggested that Morrison might be the next Larry Bird, a comparison largely fueled by his race. Since the 1992-93 season, only two Caucasian Americans -- Keith Van Horn and Tom Gugliotta -- have been in the top 20 in the NBA in scoring. This past year, only one white American -- the Celtics' Wally Szczerbiak -- ranked in the top 50 in league scoring and only one white American -- David Lee (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18729) -- was selected in the first round of the NBA Draft (he was picked last by the Knicks).


But Lefko said that Morrison's race was never part of the discussion with potential sponsors and sports marketing pundits don't necessarily think anyone needs a great white hope.


"What the public is craving are great basketball players," said Bob Dorfman, executive vice president and creative director at Pickett Advertising. "It doesn't matter whether they [are] black or white. Look at the top of the list of who is making money off-the-court and you see Dwyane Wade (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18440), LeBron and Shaq."


Of the teams that are likely to draft Morrison, most do not play in large media markets. Aside from Chicago at No. 2, Toronto, Charlotte, Portland and Atlanta round out the top 5 picks in Wednesday's draft.
"I think people feel like a bigger market can help, but it's not necessary," Lefko said. "Any company he is aligned with knows that he will be on a team that will give him a lot of minutes early on his career and he will be a scorer, so he'll get a lot of attention."


One of Morrison's biggest endorsement deals is soon to come. At the age of 14, Morrison found out he had diabetes and has an insulin pump hooked into his body to regulate his blood sugar. He obviously takes it out for games, but frequently checks his blood sugar during timeouts.
Given his client's prominence, Lefko says he has had significant conversations with four pharmaceutical companies who are interested in using Morrison as a spokesperson. Morrison is also expected to play a big part in an educational campaign. Lefko said that all the companies that have thus far signed deals with Morrison are planning to donate a portion of his pay to Diabetes-related causes.

Jon Theodore
06-25-2006, 07:48 PM
adam morrisons white?

i should probably watch college basketball sometime

Bball
06-25-2006, 08:55 PM
Uhhhh.... Pharmaceutical companies shouldn't be allowed to sign endorsement deals with anyone. For that matter (while I am rewriting laws and regulations)... Pharm advertising should be limited to words only, and black and white at that. No pictures except possibly for a picture of the product being advertised.

IMO...
-Bball

Shade
06-25-2006, 09:47 PM
adam morrisons white?

i should probably watch college basketball sometime

:laugh:

Anthem
06-25-2006, 10:07 PM
Uhhhh.... Pharmaceutical companies shouldn't be allowed to sign endorsement deals with anyone. For that matter (while I am rewriting laws and regulations)... Pharm advertising should be limited to words only, and black and white at that. No pictures except possibly for a picture of the product being advertised.
Do you have the same rules for both drugs and products? In other words, could he do an ad for the insulin pump he's been using?

Bball
06-25-2006, 10:24 PM
Do you have the same rules for both drugs and products? In other words, could he do an ad for the insulin pump he's been using?

Off the top of my head.... No. I'm open to listening to the other side of this debate but I doubt this is the proper forum.

It's not the endorser making money that I have a problem with. It is the pharmaceutical company spending money in that way.

-Bball

Robertmto
06-26-2006, 11:20 AM
Some in the media have suggested that Morrison might be the next Larry Bird, a comparison largely fueled by his race. Since the 1992-93 season, only two Caucasian Americans -- Keith Van Horn and Tom Gugliotta -- have been in the top 20 in the NBA in scoring. This past year, only one white American -- the Celtics' Wally Szczerbiak -- ranked in the top 50 in league scoring and only one white American -- David Lee (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18729) -- was selected in the first round of the NBA Draft (he was picked last by the Knicks)

Wait Sczqwiolerbiak is American?? No way...

Slick Pinkham
06-26-2006, 11:48 AM
Off the top of my head.... No. I'm open to listening to the other side of this debate but I doubt this is the proper forum.

It's not the endorser making money that I have a problem with. It is the pharmaceutical company spending money in that way.

-Bball

Do you have a problem with all of the ads featuring Lance Armstrong that promote Bristol Myers Squibb, their cancer medications, and the undeniably inspiring fact that cancer survivors can do anything?

I think Adam can be used similar to diminish the stigma of living with diabetes while promoting their products at the same time.

The thing I DON'T want to see is Shawn Kemp in ads for Levitra or Cialis. ;)

Bball
06-26-2006, 12:13 PM
Do you have a problem with all of the ads featuring Lance Armstrong that promote Bristol Myers Squibb, their cancer medications, and the undeniably inspiring fact that cancer survivors can do anything?

Yes, if Lance is making money from that then I have a problem with it. Even if he's donating the money I have a problem with it.





I think Adam can be used similar to diminish the stigma of living with diabetes while promoting their products at the same time.



He can do all the PSA's he wants but I think it's a slippery slope when pharm companies start getting into the big $$$ endorsement game. Especially when we're talking 'needed' meds and not just 'personal choice' meds (You won't die if you don't get your Viagra).

-Bball

Shade
06-26-2006, 01:38 PM
I like Morrison and hope he does well. He does have some similarities to Bird from what I've seen. But I don't think he'll do well until he's on a more complete team like those old Celtics teams. Morrison has some problems if you throw a double at him. If he ends up with a team with a legit post presence and a slasher who can get him the ball, he could end up being pretty good.

Leisure Suit Larry
06-26-2006, 02:44 PM
I like Morrison and hope he does well. He does have some similarities to Bird from what I've seen. But I don't think he'll do well until he's on a more complete team like those old Celtics teams. Morrison has some problems if you throw a double at him. If he ends up with a team with a legit post presence and a slasher who can get him the ball, he could end up being pretty good.

Everyone has problems coming in to the league.

MagicRat
06-26-2006, 02:53 PM
I like Morrison and hope he does well. He does have some similarities to Bird from what I've seen. But I don't think he'll do well until he's on a more complete team like those old Celtics teams. Morrison has some problems if you throw a double at him. If he ends up with a team with a legit post presence and a slasher who can get him the ball, he could end up being pretty good.

I didn't see him play much last season, but, from what I did see, his biggest problem seems to be crying on the court when there's still a chance for a game winner..........

Gyron
06-26-2006, 02:57 PM
I didn't see him play much last season, but, from what I did see, his biggest problem seems to be crying on the court when there's still a chance for a game winner..........

I would guess this would line him up for the Puffs and Kleenex endorsements?

JayRedd
06-26-2006, 03:14 PM
Everyone has problems coming in to the league.

Bird didn't have many


The thing I DON'T want to see is Shawn Kemp in ads for Levitra or Cialis. ;)

How about Valtrex?

BoomBaby31
06-26-2006, 09:41 PM
I didn't see him play much last season, but, from what I did see, his biggest problem seems to be crying on the court when there's still a chance for a game winner..........

Morrison is a good guy, he wanted that championship so bad. I would of probably cried too. I watched an interview with him on FSN he just seems so greatful, I hope he has a great NBA carreer and doesn't have to go to Portland or Bobcats.

Ara
06-27-2006, 03:31 PM
If you wanna see some of Morrison's stuff for EA Sports, it's on the NBA Live 07 homepage.

http://www.easports.com/nbalive07/