After a turbulent offseason even by Brooklyn Nets standards, easing the tension this week to begin training camp felt like the top objective for everyone at the HSS Training Center.
Kyrie Irving got things started on media day, joking with reporters and asking for a timeline of all the craziness which transpired this summer. Hearing from Uncle Drew was honestly a delight. He kept things easy going and even funny—all while remaining honest and professional.
Everyone seemed to keep the good vibes flowing on Monday and through the Tuesday afternoon practice. However, it was Markieff Morris who stepped up after Irving to lead this tension-easing crusade.
After shoot around yesterday, reporters started asking Morris about his decision to sign with the Nets. Prior to making the his trip to the big apple, Morris spent time with similar contenders such as the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.
Morris explained that he always had Brooklyn on his radar even amidst Durant’s trade request saga. He then offered an interesting take on the whole situation and how it applies to the NBA at large.
“That’s the NBA man,” said Morris. “You break up with a girlfriend, you get back with her. Same (expletive). Same (expletive). You had your differences until you figure it out.”
After getting a few chuckles, a reporter asked Morris if doing that works.
“Yeah, I mean I broke up with my wife a couple of times and we’re still married,” Morris answered. “Sometimes you need space to figure things out.”
In just a few words, Morris answered perhaps the most difficult question for any player on the team in a humble, truthful, and somewhat humours manner. Keef has yet to log a single minute for the Nets but already seems like a welcome fit with the team.
Last year, Morris saw his season fall apart in a flash. He played only 17 games for the Heat after taking a shove from Nikola Jokic which injured his back. In those games though, he still averaged a solid 7.6 points per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field.
Given the spacing issues Brooklyn may run into with Ben Simmons on the floor beside the non-shooters Nic Claxton and Day’Ron Sharpe, many foresee Morris making a significant impact on the Nets. With this amiable attitude though, he’s already making good on those expectations, and most importantly, doing so in a positive manner.