The Morris Twins Are Making Us Uncomfortable
Markieff Morris wants out of Phoenix, demanding a trade from the only team he's ever known in a joint interview with his twin brother Marcus. The two spoke to The Philadelphia Inquirer, their hometown paper, to voice their discontent with how the Suns handled trading Marcus to Detroit last season. It's one of the oddest interviews you'll ever read involving ostensibly professional basketball players.
This might be a bit melodramatic, but I haven't seen a set of twins this weirdly close and obsessive since Jaime and Cersei Lannister. And those two have SEX. With EACH OTHER.
I hate to imply that the Morris brothers are banging, but wow, these guys are so incredibly butthurt about being split up for the second time in their basketball playing careers (they both attended University of Kansas and Marcus was traded to Phoenix after two seasons):
"If you are going to do something, do it," Markieff Morris said. "The GM, I've been there longer than him, the coaches, everybody. I've been there the longest, and I don't get the respect to be like, 'Yo Keef, we are going to trade your brother. You are our future power forward.' I'm the future power forward. I'm the premier player of the team. … That's just how business is done I guess."
Yep. That's how business IS done, Markieff. Sorry the team didn't ask for your permission to trade your brother, but you're not the GM and thus no one gives a shit what you think about personnel moves.
"I'm a grown man," Marcus Morris said. "I can stand on my own. I play on my own. It's just the disrespectful side. What we did for the Suns, the pay cuts we took and for them to trade me without consent is what made me more disappointed and is what made me more upset."
Okay, well, "being a grown man" and "having a joint interview with your brother in which you trash your former organization" are incongruous concepts, Marcus. Also, you took a trade cut because you've got an attitude problem, highlighted by you and your brothers facing felony charges for beating up some dude in Philly. You don't have leverage here.
"They can tell you anything about the case and all of that," [Markieff] said of his brother being traded. "Nah, it has nothing to do with that. That's just all disrespect and all unprofessional. They called us unprofessional. That's what that is, unprofessional. No one is trying to hear that."
"I'm not unprofessional. You're unprofessional," Markieff said, as he pushed a kid off the seesaw so he and his brother could ride it together, staring into each other's eyes.
"And for them to not have the respect to call me and tell me that's why we are going to trade you, it's just disrespectful."
But he is ready to move on.
"As far as I'm concerned, I never was a Phoenix Sun," Marcus Morris said.
And you're not going to be a Detroit Piston, or an NBA player, for much longer if you keep walking around with this attitude, dude.
For a duo who spent the vast majority of their interview insisting how professional they are and how disrespectful everyone else is, these two are quickly becoming the benchmark for unprofessionalism and disrespect in the NBA. Congrats?
(PS -- Please don't come find me and beat me up for this, guys.)
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