Laker Hype Machine Ready for Morrisson to Surprise

Adam Morrison's confidence soared after a successful four-game run with the Lakers' summer league team in July in Las Vegas. Playing on two healthy knees for the first time in almost two years also aided his play during the summer. He missed all of the 2007-08 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing for the Charlotte Bobcats in an exhibition against the Lakers on Oct.20 at Staples Center. The Lakers acquired him from Charlotte last Feb. 7. "I feel great," he said. "It's the best I've felt since my surgery. "It's finally come around."


I remember when the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired former Laker Tony Campbell. You would have thought the Timberpups had just landed Joe Dumars. Why? Because, of course, Campbell was a former Laker. It's as if the basketball world is hovering in a suspended state of animation just waiting for the next obscure Laker to show promise, any promise, that they can stammer, stutter, and drool over.

I even remember Kwame Brown being described as a "serviceable" back-up, and as a "very good defender." You never heard these things before or after his stint in LA. But that sort of garbage was commonplace in the days leading up to the Gasol trade. Now you see why Andrew Bynum being hailed as the next Wilt or Shaq is more of an albatross than a badge of honor.

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