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Adam Morrison and Summer League, The Twitter, and other odds and ends

July 10, 2009 | 12:55 pm

If I might briefly interrupt Lamar Odom Contract Watch 2009!...

Tonight at 5 pm, the Lakers will kick off their Summer League season against the "Toronto Raptors" at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.  It's a little tough to get juiced for the action, since in the history of such teams it's very possible one has never been assembled that will have less impact on the regular season version than the squad the Lakers have put together.  (Due respect to the guys on the roster, but you, me, and all of our buddies have about the same chance of wearing purple and gold this fall as they do.)

The exception, of course, is Adam Morrison, hoping to start the process of getting his generally disappointing career back on track with some full court burn headlining LA's squad.  There's nothing glamorous about it, but it's a necessary step for Morrison.  Writes Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review Journal:

Adam Morrison is back in the summer league, probably the last place he thought he'd be as he prepares for his fourth season in the NBA. But the former Gonzaga standout finds himself at a career crossroads. The time for Morrison to prove he can play -- and contribute significantly -- is now. After the coming season, nothing is guaranteed. "I think (about it) a little bit," Morrison said. "Having not played much last year, I have to see if I can fit in. "I don't think I'm starting over necessarily. I still have confidence in myself. My knee feels pretty good right now, and I'm as close to 100 percent as I can get." The 6-foot-8-inch Morrison will be the most recognizable player on the Lakers team that faces Toronto at 5 p.m. today in Cox Pavilion as the summer league's sixth year in Las Vegas gets under way. "I'm trying to learn the triangle (offense) and go out and play," Morrison said. "I'm going to use the summer league as a positive."

The need for Morrison to play well is intensified by the powerful Lakers roster. The real one, I mean.  As it stands, Morrison seems an unlikely candidate for an extension in LA and assuming good health, it'll be tough for even a healthy Ammo to crack the rotation in a significant way.  Obviously it's a long time between now and next summer and any number of things could happen (trades, surprise PT, etc.), but these five otherwise insignificant games in Vegas could be one of his only chances to show other teams he can still be productive.  

I hope he does well.  In my admittedly limited interactions with Morrison, he certainly doesn't strike me as a guy interested in simply collecting a check and fading away. 

Other summer league news:

  • If you're the guy who can't get enough summer ball, there are a few outlets for you.  TrueHoop at has provided some quality coverage, but for my money, the best resource is Ridiculous Upside. They do a great job during the season of covering the D-League, and let you in on everything you need to know about the July version of NBA hoop, and a lot that you probably don't. 
  • Along those lines, check out the Knicks SL roster!  It includes both Yaroslav Korolev, taken 12th in the 2005 draft by the Clippers and representing, even by their liberal standards, one of the worst lottery disasters in team history, and Nikoloz Tskitishvili, taken fifth by the Nuggets in admittedly soft 2002 draft class, but still ahead of guys like Amare Stoudamire, Caron Butler, Nene, Jared Jefferies, and Chris Wilcox (who while not all that great an NBA player is still, you know, in the NBA).  Given their trade for Darko Milicic on draft day, Mike D'Antoni and Donnie Walsh have a chance to put three of the biggest busts of the decade on one squad.  Two more, and I believe either becomes eligible for a free three nights at any Red Roof Inn across the nation.
Moving on...

Regarding, as mom calls it, "the Twitter," we're interested in making our feed (latimeslakers) a more useful tool for those of you in the crowd who Tweet.  Part of this, I know, is disseminating other Tweets from other feeds (the proverbial re-Tweet), and to do that it helps to be following the right folks.  So here's my question: Who do you follow on Twitter for hoops info, and who would you like to see us follow?  Send suggestions in the comments.  In the meantime, if you don't follow us, start dammit!   We get news out on that thing as it comes in, and the Twitter also serves, more or less, as an RSS feed for the site, so you'll know when new stuff goes up.

We're open to any additional advice about how to put this thing to good use.

A few more nuggets: