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OPINION: Charlotte, NBA Should Stop Blaming Adam Morrison

Adam Morrison averaged 28 points per game at Gonzaga and was the third overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft. (Photo: FILE/KHQ) Adam Morrison averaged 28 points per game at Gonzaga and was the third overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft. (Photo: FILE/KHQ)

An innocent radio program on the East Coast revealed something few people knew about the Charlotte Bobcats, Michael Jordan and Gonzaga great Adam Morrison. Apparently, Jordan did not draft Morrison.

Read the transcript:

"On the past draft-day blunders and how fans can trust that those won't be made again going forward

"I think you can go through any franchise and any team and you can second guess after the fact on what you should have done. If the situation, when you talk about Morrison, I'll just be specific. That was a different regime."

Wasn't Adam Morrison Michael Jordan's pick though?

"No. From my gathering, because I wasn't here at that particular time, I thought it was Bernie Bickerstaff. … It's a fair question and I'm sure every market and every team has to kind of go through that process because you can second guess. I'll sit here and tell you guys that we're fairly equipped to make sound decisions. You can go back and forth and always say what if, but at the end of the day, I think that Kemba Walker and Bismack are going to be pretty good at the end of the day. I think Gerald Henderson is going to be pretty good."

I find the conversation, which took place on WFNZ in North Carolina, interesting on two fronts: first, why does Charlotte even need to talk about Adam Morrison anymore? And secondly, I don't think picking Morrison was that bad of a gamble.

Take my first point: why does Charlotte need to keep bringing up Adam Morrison and assign blame for calling his number? In his rookie year with the Bobcats – before his injury – he was averaging nearly 12 points per game and was making one out of every three-pointer he chucked up. True, those are not All-Star numbers, but they're not bad either, and given a little bit of time I believe he would have evolved into a serious offensive threat were it not for his injury.

So why the need to assign blame for a decision that wasn't all that bad? The reason, to me at least, is simply this: not even His Airness, Michael Jordan has been able to build anything meaningful in Charlotte. So, rather than admit defeat, those who hold power with the team would rather point fingers at someone who is not even around to defend himself. Why not point the finger at Morrison? Why not blame the team's lack of success on a popular target? That is the easy way out.

Now, what about Michael Jordan's role in the Morrison fiasco? True, he didn't take control of the team until mere weeks before the draft. But to totally absolve him of any responsibility – or credit, I might add – is downright silly. If you were to buy a house and the owners were thinking about putting new flooring in before the closing date, do you mean to tell me you wouldn't have any interest in making sure they put in exactly what you want? Whether it's a college all-star or a hardwood floor, it's all the same in this instance.

Beyond the pettiness, however, is this writer's simple opinion on the matter: who cares whose call it was to draft Adam Morrison? So it didn't work out. Move on and stop lambasting a guy who, by most statistical measures, wasn't all that bad.