After reneging on a verbal agreement with the Spurs to sign with the New York Knicks, Marcus Morris clears the air with Gregg Popovich.
The boos rained down on Marcus Morris on Wednesday night in the AT&T Center despite the fact that he never played a game for the San Antonio Spurs. In fact, that’s exactly the reason why Spurs fans gave the New York Knicks forward a hard time.
Morris backed out of a verbal agreement with the Spurs to sign with the Knicks. San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich called the move unprofessional and wasn’t too pleased with the Knicks for swiping Morris.
However, after the final buzzer on Wednesday, Morris and Popovich shared a moment on the floor. The forward told reporters about the conversation he had with Popovich.
“It was a great moment,’’ Morris said via Marc Berman of the New York Post. “Going back and, like I said in the beginning, me and Pop had open conversations the entire time. And the thing he said to me was don’t allow the media to come in between of what we talked about. That meant a lot. I didn’t know how he felt. I spoke to him after I made my decision. So it was good to clear the air and I got nothing but respect for him, [GM] Brian Wright, [CEO] R.C. [Buford], they’ve been nothing but good to me during my career.”
Morris began the game on fire but faded in the second half. After hitting eight of his first 10 shots, Morris cooled off significantly, finishing with a game-high 26 points on 9-for-18 shooting.