Ex-Lakers veteran takes veiled shot at LeBron James, L.A. after exit
It seems that not everyone was recently impressed with LeBron James and the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers roster, specifically its effort and camaraderie. The fact that the Miami Heat played the Lakers in the 2020 NBA Finals is part of this story.
After winning the 2020 NBA title with an impressive performance in the Orlando bubble, the Lakers and LeBron James fell short last season and suffered a first-round postseason exit against the eventual Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns. This marked a reboot in the team’s roster, in which most members of the core squad from the previous seasons ended up elsewhere. This exodus included veteran Markieff Morris, who signed a one-year deal with the Miami Heat this summer.
The 32-year-old is joining a Heat squad which has been beefed up this offseason by adding tough players such as Morris and former NBA champion Kyle Lowry. Miami, through Jimmy Butler’s leadership and head coach Erik Spoelstra’s mentorship, has been known to be one of the most gritty and hard-working teams in the NBA, which Markieff Morris immediately commended. LeBron James might have noticed.
“I feel like we have nobody on the team like just, ‘give him the ball, and then everybody just watch and let them make the play.’ It’s a collective,” Markieff Morris said of his new team (via Fadeaway World). “We’re going to need everybody to score and rebound and defend every night. And that’s the best team to be on when you don’t have to run to the corner every play and wait for a guy to make a play for you.”
Clearly, there was no love lost between Morris and his former Lakers teammates. That being said, it seems Markieff Morris has found a home in South Beach with the Heat. LeBron James would love to get a crack at Miami in another NBA Finals series.