San Antonio Spurs fans should be glad the team didn’t sign Marcus Morris
When Marcus Morris backed out of his verbal agreement to sign with the San Antonio Spurs, many fans were rightly upset. On a certain level it’s understandable, Morris did what he thought was best for him, but the Spurs made moves to make room for him on their team and then he hung them out to dry. That’s some shady stuff.
The frustrations didn’t end with the fans, they rightfully stretched into the upper levels of the Spurs. In the aftermath, Gregg Popovich was open about how he felt about the whole ordeal. In an interview with Jasmyn Wimbish, he called it “an unfortunate situation that was handled unprofessionally on a couple of different levels.”
But in the light of some recent events, it’s looking more and more like the San Antonio Spurs lucked out by not signing Morris.
Marcus Morris isn’t the kind of player fans should want on the San Antonio Spurs
During the LA Clippers first-round series with the Dallas Mavericks, Morris got into it several times with Luka Doncic. For context, Luka was playing on a sprained ankle. And in the middle of the game, Morris seems to intentionally try to step on his ankle.
Is he the only guy picking Luka up full court? Ball went in and the rest of his team is getting back on D but he heads straight for Luka and clearly places his foot on the ankle. No way to watch this and think it wasn’t intentional. Suspend @MookMorris2 pic.twitter.com/XxQYYaDeGb
— Ethan (@ethan_farina_) August 26, 2020
Morris would go on to say that he didn’t do it intentionally. You can take him at his word if you want but watching the video the placement of his foot on Luka’s ankle seems pretty intentional. That wasn’t the end of things either.
Marcus Morris was given a flagrant 2 and was ejected for this foul on Luka Doncic. pic.twitter.com/Cr7iTOegJe
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 30, 2020
In today’s game between the two teams, Morris smacked Luka in the head, knocked him to the floor, and then stared him down. The foul was called a flagrant 2 and Morris was ejected from the game.
Per an ESPN article, this is what Doncic had to say about the altercation after the game.
“It was a terrible play. What can I say? It’s two games in a row he did something like that. I really hoped the first game it wasn’t on purpose, but looking back on the foul this game, you know what I think. I don’t want to deal with that kind of players.”
Doncic doesn’t want to deal with whatever kind of player Morris is and he’s not alone. I get that it’s playoff basketball and there’s a lot on the line, emotions are running high and sometimes things boil over. But the fouls Morris has been doling out, specifically targeted at the opposing teams best player, seem dirty and underhanded.
Fans of Morris can call him tough or competitive or whatever they want to try to justify the chippy play but come on, get real. He’s been doing this kind of thing throughout his career, it’s what you expect from him at this point. His past is littered with incidents where he’s crossed the line.
Maybe he would have helped with the on-court product but Marcus Morris doesn’t seem like the kind of player who would’ve fit in with the San Antonio Spurs. The team, and all their fans, should be thankful things never worked out.