12.27.05

Calipari Obsesses Over Adam Morrison

Posted in Basketball at 1:57 pm by

Memphis coach John Calipari has dealt with some formidable foes in the past. John Chaney. The UMass Board Of Regents. The Newark Star-Ledger’s Dan Garcia. But none of the above present the sort of challenge that Calipari’s Memphis Tigers will face tonight in the form of Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal’s Gary Parrish.

A 6-8 junior, Morrison (above) comes in as perhaps the most-hyped college player since Syracuse’s Carmelo Anthony captured the country’s attention three years ago. He’s the early favorite to nab National Player of the Year honors, and his matchup with Carney has been heavily promoted. Yet given a choice, U of M coach John Calipari would rather avoid such an isolated scenario.

“It’s Morrison against us,” said the UofM coach. “The problem — and I’ve tried to tell this to Rodney — is that we have seven or eight guys who can all score about the same. So Rodney (Carney) can’t get into a head-to-head where Morrison scores, so now he has to shoot it. Because Morrison is taking 25 shots, and Rodney, in all likelihood, will not unless he has it going like he did last game. But the reality of it is that Rodney can’t be saying, ‘Well, he did it to me, so I’m going to do it to him.’ We can’t play that way and beat them.”

Though most media outlets have lauded Memphis, the Tigers were recently called overrated on national television by analyst Seth Davis. Ever since, Calipari has used the verbal jab as motivation, and mentioned it in virtually every interview conducted.

Monday, included.

“There are some people who think we are a pretender,” Calipari said.

“Well, the bell is about to be rung here in a minute. So let’s see how we do.”

9 Responses to “Calipari Obsesses Over Adam Morrison”

  1. Kris Gillespie says:

    It’s sort of creepy how Morrison looks like Dee Dee Ramonee

  2. EmilyBrader says:

    WOW Adam is the best basketball player I have ever seen. He is harder to get in tuoch with than the president.

  3. EmilyBrader says:

    Adam if you ever see this I think you shuold conseder not going pro this saeson. You are a very smart person and shuold stay at Gozaga tell you graduate. Imean if you keep playing theres no way you cant go pro next year. I know your probebly are thinking what do I know, but I do know that the NBA only lasts so long but an education lasts forever and like I siad before you are very smart.I think you have alot going for you, with basketball and school. You will succed no mater what you do.

  4. EmilyBrader says:

    sorry I left out the N in GONZAGA

  5. EmilyBrader says:

    wow !!!!!! adam you played so well on monday!!!!!!!!! I didnt get to see the whole game but what I did see blew me away. You have such a pashion for the game its amazing to see you play. You are the SHAKESPEARE of basketball!!!! your attitude and drive for the game is incredible. Alote of people just play for fun but I think you realy get into the game and love what you do. For me this is clearly shown as you play throughout the game.

  6. EmilyBrader says:

    Adam I love the ‘stache its the best trademark ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Emily brader says:

    OMG I cant beleave all the hored things peole say about the ‘stache its the best thing ever!!!!!!!!!!!!! since theres nothing bad to say about you they must come up with some juvenile thing to complane about to try and make you look bad. The funny thing is the more they criticize the more they loose!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like you siad ” They just fuil the fire.” I love the comebacks you have. My favoret one was when you said ” Its a complement…. they wont to look like me so thanks.” That was graet!!!!!

  8. CSTB says:

    say g’night, Emily. Before someone else does it for you.

  9. CSTB says:

    becuz you’re giving me a fucking headache.