Can it already have been 7 years since the Bobcats selected Adam Morrison with the third overall pick in the 2006 draft? Yes, it can. Or, yes, it could. To me, it doesn’t seem that long ago because his career was so disastrous that it continues to wreak havoc today, up to and including causing me to begin articles with atrociously awkward phrasing. True, Adam Morrison didn’t cause the financial bubble to burst and unemployment to soar, but that’s probably only because he badly injured his knee in his second year. I don’t mean to paint Morrison as a bad guy; in fact, I don’t want to paint Morrison as anything at all, including as a solemn old farmer with his wife and a pitchfork. It’s just that his selection exploded in the Bobcats’ faces like Uncle Buck’s car, set fire to the oil spill that was coach Sam Vincent, and probably forced the Bobcats to overcompensate via a careening series of short-sighted moves, leading to the pile-up that is today’s car wreck of a franchise.
But here’s the (sort of) good news! Unlike the vomit-covered, feces-smeared Tyrus Thomas contract I wrote about last week, at least the Bobcats’ decision to draft Morrison was understandable. And anyone who tells you different is either lying or a die-hard Gonzaga hater. I know this because of the internet-strewn trail of positive reviews of the Bobcats’ 2006 draft. Here’s ESPN’s Chad Forde’s appraisal of the Bobcats taking Morrison third: “Adam Morrison will score points and he’ll draw fans into the arena. The Bobcats continue filling the team with solid players who have good backgrounds — and with Morrison they may have found their first star.” Forde gave them a B+, and in a now-comical aside added, “(Ryan) Hollins is a nice pick in the second round as a big, athletic project.” Hollins, as we all know, was actually more like a big, athletic housing project.