When Marcus Morris Sr. was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in the James Harden deal at the beginning of the season, the seasoned small forward anticipated a substantial role with his new team.
However, the reality has been starkly different, with Morris only starting once in nine games and seeing minimal playing time, averaging just 8.9 minutes per game.
In a recent interview, Morris opened up about the challenging situation, expressing his willingness to adapt to any role the team requires. He acknowledged the difficulty in finding his rhythm, particularly as a 12-year starter facing a new and unexpected challenge.
“I mean, whatever they ask of me, that’s what I’mma do. So, I mean, if that’s the case, then that’s the case,” the 34-year-old small forward said, per Austin Krell.
Responding to questions about potential adjustments, Morris emphasized his commitment to staying ready and maintaining a professional approach.
Despite the unexpected shift in his playing time and role, he affirmed his readiness and professional mindset, highlighting the difficulty in establishing a rhythm without consistent rotations.
“Yeah, man, you know, just is natural. 12-year starter, something like that. Trying to find my ways. It’s a little different, you know what I’m saying? I didn’t expect it to go that way. So, you know, it was a challenge. And, you know, I’m up for the challenge. So, like I said, whatever is coming my way, I accept it and try to continue in it as professionally as I can,” Morris said.
Morris also addressed the speculation about his fitness, asserting that he is in shape but facing challenges in adapting to the team’s dynamic, different from his experiences with previous successful teams.
The seasoned veteran stressed the importance of professionalism and readiness, even when confronted with unexpected and frustrating situations.
“I’m in shape, man. I’m a 13-year pro. Being out of shape is not even a thing for me,” Morris said.