Marcus Morris‘ controversial exit from Phoenix nearly cost the team his twin brother Markieff as well. And though it’s natural that Marcus would harbor some residual resentment toward the Suns’ front office after his unceremonious trade this summer, it’s a bit surprising that he would inexplicably attack one of his former teammates following the Pistons’ win over the Phoenix Suns last Wednesday. Via Paul Coro of AZ Central Sports:
When the Suns had a chance to seal a win at Detroit, Knight threw a dangerous lob pass when the Pistons needed to foul and Marcus stole it to set up a tie and an overtime Detroit win.
Asked if he anticipated the pass because Knight was a teammate last season, Marcus told mlive.com, “I don’t know. What I do know is that he (Knight) is soft. Soft. He panicked. So when you’re like that, that’s the type of stuff that happens.”
Ouch. We all know poor Brandon has had more than his fair share of Shaqtin-a-Fool moments over the past couple of years, including blowing a wide-open, game-winning layup against the Brooklyn Nets last season (which those types of meltdowns consequently may or may not have been at least part of the reason then-coach Jason Kidd was willing to part with him at the February trade deadline).
He had yet another boneheaded moment in crunch-time against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. With the game tied at 93-93, Knight took an inbounds pass and dribbled it off his foot and out of bounds with 0.8 seconds remaining, which subsequently led to Jeff Green’s game-winning alley-oop dunk, seemingly further vindicating Morris’ position on Knight.
But in Knight’s defense, he’s played extremely well for the Suns so far this season. He’s averaging 21 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.4 rebounds on 44 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent from downtown, although he has a minus net rating for his on/off numbers. Knight still has a long way to go as a player, and if anything, Morris’ recent barb should be a source of inspiration for the talented young point guard.
(Via AZ Central Sports)