Tuesday , Jul , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Adam Morrison should channel Dale Ellis when working out for Wizards and Bulls

The Wizards worked out free-agent forward Adam Morrison on Monday.

A source at the Impact Sports facility said Washington coach Flip Saunders personally conducted the workout, running Morrison through a series of shooting drills.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s alive. He’s alive.

Word is Adam Morrison – you likely know him as the dude in a suit with bad facial hair permanently parked on the LA Lakers’ bench – is working out for the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls.

Hopefully, Morrison, a former third overall pick with the Charlotte Bobcats, finds an opportunity to play and establishes himself as a pro.

For inspiration, Morrison, a Northwest guy, should remember Dale Ellis, the great scorer and sharpshooter with the Seattle Super Sonics.

Like Morrison, Ellis had his early struggles with the Dallas Mavericks. However, he got traded to the Sonics in 1985-86, and promptly went on a scoring rampage.

For instance, his last season in Dallas, Ellis posted a measly 7.1 points. Over the next three seasons in Seattle, he averaged 24.9 points, 25.8 points, and 27.5 points, and his team improved from 31 wins to 44.

Obviously, such a dramatic turnaround shouldn`t be expected from Morrison. Ellis is one of the NBA’s all-time great scorers.

However, he did do battle against Kobe Bryant everyday in practice for a year and a half. And he was a standout at the University of Gonzaga.

There’s no reason Morrison couldn’t be a solid scorer off the bench. He just needs a chance. Fortunately, he has a model in Ellis.

(Flashback to the mid-eighties: Ellis tied the game with a clutch lay-up and free throw in this double overtime classic win against the Rockets in game six of the 1987 Western Conference Semi-Finals. He had 36 points on the night, and his Sonics advanced to the Conference Finals before losing to the great Lakers.)

–Oly Sandor.

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