The third overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft joined the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast to discuss the trash talk he received early in his career and recalls a memorable encounter with Kevin Garnett. Hear the full conversation on the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
CHRIS HAYNES: When you're heralded as the next, I don't know, people wanted to say the next Larry Bird or the next, you know--
ADAM MORRISON: White guy.
CHRIS HAYNES: --in the league. Yeah, white guy. You know what I'm saying?
So you got brothers who's looking at that and targeting, you know. Did you-- did you feel that initially coming into the league? And how did that affect you, if so?
ADAM MORRISON: Yeah, no, I think it did. I think all the hype that I got coming out probably wasn't a good thing because I remember talking to Ronny Turiaf, who was on the Lakers at the time, and I played with him at Gonzaga, obviously. He was like, dude, guys are getting on ESPN and hearing about you and JJ Redick. So I'm all, hey, it's not my fault, man. Then I think not going to, I guess, a veteran team probably didn't help my case, right.
You know what I'm saying? If I was around some veterans, I could have maybe cultivated or been coached a little bit better from players is what I'm saying. But, yeah, I think all the media coverage and stuff doesn't help. I mean it happens to guys all the time that come in with a lot of hype.
And sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. But, yeah, there's guys that circle it on the calendar. You know what I'm saying? It's like, hey, I'mma prove that I'm better than this guy.
CHRIS HAYNES: Is there any incident that that-- that comes to mind?
ADAM MORRISON: You mean like, welcome to the NBA moment? Or are you just saying like--
CHRIS HAYNES: Welcome to the NBA or like they're targeting you. You know, everybody has a welcome NBA moment. But the point-- like I don't know, somebody lays you on your ass in practice and like, this ain't Gonzaga, something like, you know.
ADAM MORRISON: KG-- KG would always say that. It's like, this ain't college no more, expletives after that.
CHRIS HAYNES: Of course. Of course. [LAUGHS]
ADAM MORRISON: You know, and everybody's got a story of him talking trash. I mean, he's such a good player and such a dominating force. But he-- yeah, he was like, this ain't college no more and then, bleep, bleep, bleep, you know. It was always interesting. It was like, OK, man, like I know it's not, leave me alone.