Darius Morris: 2013 Exit Interview

13exits_MorrisDarius Morris started 17 games and appeared in 48 with averages of 4.0 points and 1.6 assists in 14 minutes per contest.

The Lakers second-year guard played in all four postseason games, starting the last two due to injuries to Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks. He posted a career-high 24 points in Game 3 and twice tied his career-high with six dimes in Games 3 and 4.

Below is a summary of his exit interview:

- On sitting next to Kobe Bryant on the plane: “It’s truly a blessing … once we became close, he gave me a lot of insight about stuff on and off the court. He became a mentor to me, kept me encouraged, and I really appreciate that. I watch a lot of film on the plane because he’s always watching.”

- On a particular story or moment with Kobe that sticks out: “When I had stopped playing, I’d just gotten out of the rotation, and he told me this long story – he’s always really deep – about Nike. About how Lulu Lemon came out with a new brand and were capturing women’s clothing, and asked why Nike wasn’t doing anything about it. Nike noticed that they can’t win everything, but the big picture is Nike is still very dominant. Always think big picture. I may not be playing right now, but take advantage of him, of Steve Nash, and think about where I can be in this league one day. When something bad happens, you can’t win them all, but think big picture.”

- Morris, a free agent, stated he would like to stay in Los Angeles with the team currently constructed and feels they can come back stronger next year if possible:
“I definitely want to come back, especially how we ended the season. We have a group of core guys that are hungry to get after it. Definitely want to come back and redeem this season. I like coach D’Antoni and the things he has to bring and I wouldn’t mind being a part of it. I would like to have that chance and have a great season.”

- As far as next season is concerned, wherever he may be, Morris would like to become more decisive with the ball in terms of what the defense is giving him: “A lot of times, playing the point guard position, you have to be decisive. If they give you a jump shot, you have to take it. That’s the next step in my game – just to have confidence in that.”

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