The Celtics completed the final leg of their Summer League slate tonight in Las Vegas against the LA Clippers, but fans who tuned in to get one last look at Celtics draft picks Jared Sullinger, Kris Joseph and Fab Melo instead saw the incredible rebirth of one of the most maligned players in recent NBA history, Adam Morrison.
Morrison, the former Gonzaga star and poster child for the futility of the Charlotte Bobcats under Michael Jordan, poured in an electric 26 points, including four three pointers. His incredible display of offense was met by wild applause from the folks in attendance at the Thomas and Mack Center.
Watching Morrison hit circus shot after circus shot was a great reminder of what he used to be when he played for the Bulldogs under Mark Few. Those Gonzaga teams were some of the nations best, but Morrison and his trademark mustache had faded out of sight in recent years amid criticism that he wasn't strong enough or athletic enough to make it in the NBA.
His performance, not only tonight, but all week, was a great reminder of how Summer League can be a springboard to redemption for players like him. Here's hoping Morrison gets an opportunity to build on his great summer and latch on with another NBA team.