August 18, 2014 |
Markieff and Marcus Morris smiled Saturday while they signed autographs at the Hunting Park Recreation Center in North Philadelphia. The twin forwards for the Phoenix Suns were sponsoring a back-to-school charity event, giving away 200 backpacks to students ages 5 to 15. The twins are happier when they're together. The Philadelphia natives played on the same teams growing up, in high school at Prep Charter and in college at Kansas. But they were separated early in their NBA careers when they were selected one pick apart in the 2011 NBA draft, until Marcus joined Markieff in Phoenix via a trade from the Houston Rockets in February 2013.
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.
November 1, 2007 |
This won't be the first time tall guys from Philly will play basketball for Kansas. This will be the first two-for-one deal. Markieff and Marcus Morris, the twins who paced Prep Charter to two consecutive PIAA Class AA state championships and now attend a South Jersey prep school, have made an oral commitment to join the Jayhawks next season. In September 1955, Overbrook grad Wilt Chamberlain enrolled at Kansas en route to becoming the most famous player in basketball history.
June 24, 2011 |
The Morris twins have always played basketball together, from their young days, through freshman ball at Ss. Neumann-Goretti, to Prep Charter, right through to their college years at Kansas. That outstanding run, inevitably, would end, and it did last night at the NBA draft in Newark, N.J. Fitting, however, is the fact the two shared the same car last night to find out their fates. While many prognosticators had Marcus going first, Markieff actualy had the honors, as he was selected No. 13 by Phoenix.
July 4, 2012 |
He suffered the kind of freak incident that all too often turns tragic. When those two bullets ripped through Curtis Brinkley's shoulder, one lodging dangerously close to his heart, he easily could have become yet another homicide victim in 2009, one more black male whose life ended too soon. But if you know anything about Brinkley, you knew he wasn't going out like that. Hard work and sheer determination have always been big parts of Brinkley's repertoire, but his dream of playing in the NFL was never a sure thing.
February 22, 2013 |
THE ONLY TRADE involving Dwight Howard, it turns out, came last summer. The potent scorers who moved did so long ago. There was no eye-catching activity left for deadline day, resulting in minor deals Thursday to the disappointment of those hoping for a frenzy. Josh Smith stayed put and the Boston Celtics' core stayed together, leaving J.J. Redick, dealt to Milwaukee, as the biggest name to be traded. "I don't think I've seen fewer trade deadline deals, ever," Houston general manager Daryl Morey said.
February 21, 2013
Indiana's Paul George scored 27 points as the Pacers powered their way closer to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 125-91 home win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. The Pacers shot 53 percent from the field, scored a season high in points, and had a season-best 28 assists to score their largest margin of victory this season, hand New York its worst loss, and pull within a half-game of the Knicks for second place in the East. The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, the league's No. 2 scorer, finished with 15 points on just 7-for-21 shooting.
May 20, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Since as far back as their brains will allow them to remember, Markieff and Marcus Morris have done everything - everything - together. And since they started taking their basketball seriously, back in the ninth grade, their dream also has been the same - to play in the NBA. Now, as the dream appears to be creeping closer to reality, it has become apparent to the both of them that it probably will be the first thing to tear them away from each other. The identical twins are in Chicago at the NBA Draft Combine, where over the span of 3 days they will work out and interview for prospective teams in preparation for the June 23 draft.
March 28, 2011 |
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The lead was collapsing in on Virginia Commonwealth, the dream of a most remarkable NCAA tournament run finally flickering. Rams coach Shaka Smart had just earned a technical for charging toward an official at the Alamodome after calling a timeout on Sunday. "I didn't even say anything, but I guess I charged out there a little bit faster than I should have," said Smart, 33. "I've got to control my pace as I move toward the officials. " The second-year head coach then offered a blunt pep talk: "It was basically forget about the refs, forget Kansas," he said.
September 13, 2011 |
LATER THIS month, the glorious old Palestra will host a basketball game featuring the type of action the old building has rarely seen in its 84-year existence. With the NBA season on hold due to the expired collective bargaining agreement, players are balling where, and when, they can. The where is the Palestra. The when is Sunday, Sept. 25. A group led by New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony, will compete against a team made up of players primarily with Philadelphia ties.