An Angel blesses sons and Suns

Posted: November 27, 2012

OVER THE YEARS, Angel Morris has prepared Thanksgiving dinner for her twin sons, Markieff and Marcus, who both starred for Prep Charter. When they played at the University of Kansas, Angel lived out there and would cook for the whole team.

Last year was the twins' rookie NBA season and because of the lockout they were home for Thanksgiving. But this year, with Marcus playing for Houston and Markieff for Phoenix, maintaining the tradition wasn't so easy. But Angel caught a break: "Keef" and his Suns teammates were in town for the holidays.

After Joyce Ponder of the Suns secured a photography studio at 2nd and Race and made all the arrangements with co-owner Chris Meck,

Angel hosted the whole team - every player, all six coaches and the general manager and his daughter - on Saturday and provided all the food with help from her mom Shirley and two cousins.

"There was turkey, collard greens, mashed potatoes, corn bread, seven or eight desserts, Thanksgiving cakes, you name it," said Jim Graham, a photographer who co-owns the 5,000-square-foot space with Meck, his wife. "It was the best ham I have ever had."

The facility has been rented for projects by such stars as Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and the Eagles' Michael Vick, who has used the facility seven times for various endorsement deals and an ESPN shooting a couple of years ago.

The Morrises recently added a third son to the family, Kansas teammate Thomas Robinson, the first-round pick of the Sacramento Kings. Robinson tragically lost his grandmother, grandfather and mother within 3 weeks of each other and Angel adopted him.

Asked if Marcus is jealous over Markieff getting the dinner and not him, Angel laughed and said, "Maybe I'll spend Christmas with Marcus and New Year's with Thomas."

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