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August 18, 2014 | By Max Cohen, For The Inquirer
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.
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November 27, 2012 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
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.
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November 1, 2007 | By TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
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.
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June 24, 2011 | By KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
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.
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February 22, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
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.
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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.
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May 20, 2011 | By BOB COONEY, cooneyb@phillynews.com
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.
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September 13, 2011 | BY BOB COONEY, cooneyb@phillynews.com
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.
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April 10, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
FORMER UNIVERSITY of North Carolina and NBA star Kenny Smith was in Philadelphia yesterday. He, along with Coors Light, donated $25,000 to the Urban League of Philadelphia as part of the Coors Light Full Court Refresh program. The money will be used to restore the Leon H. Sullivan Center at 3601 N. Broad Street. The likes of actor Kevin Hart, University of South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley and NBA players Markieff and Marcus Morris have played at the Sullivan Center, which is a part of the Zion Baptist Church.
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January 4, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - For the 15th time in 31 games, coach Brett Brown threw out a different starting five last night when his team played the Phoenix Suns. Most of the shuffling has been due to injuries, but sometimes it's because of the opponent. Last night, it was a little bit of both. Luc Mbah a Moute returned to the starting lineup after missing the past two games with a strained left calf. He is Brown's steadiest player in a group that lacks many more. Also, Brown inserted rookie K.J. McDaniels in the starting five for only the second time this season, mainly because of the athleticism of the Suns.
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January 4, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - For the 15th time in 31 games, coach Brett Brown threw out a different starting five last night when his team played the Phoenix Suns. Most of the shuffling has been due to injuries, but sometimes it's because of the opponent. Last night, it was a little bit of both. Luc Mbah a Moute returned to the starting lineup after missing the past two games with a strained left calf. He is Brown's steadiest player in a group that lacks many more. Also, Brown inserted rookie K.J. McDaniels in the starting five for only the second time this season, mainly because of the athleticism of the Suns.
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August 18, 2014 | By Max Cohen, For The Inquirer
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.
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April 10, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
FORMER UNIVERSITY of North Carolina and NBA star Kenny Smith was in Philadelphia yesterday. He, along with Coors Light, donated $25,000 to the Urban League of Philadelphia as part of the Coors Light Full Court Refresh program. The money will be used to restore the Leon H. Sullivan Center at 3601 N. Broad Street. The likes of actor Kevin Hart, University of South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley and NBA players Markieff and Marcus Morris have played at the Sullivan Center, which is a part of the Zion Baptist Church.
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April 13, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Markieff Morris doesn't just have his brother back. He has his driver back. Since Marcus and Markieff Morris were growing up as twin basketball standouts in Philadelphia, Marcus was always the driver. It remained the same way when they played at Kansas and in summers back home. Whenever they needed to go somewhere together, Marcus drove. In 2011, when the former Prep Charter stars entered the NBA draft, Markieff was the No. 13 pick to the Phoenix Suns, and Marcus went one pick later to the Houston Rockets.
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April 3, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jrue and Justin Holiday have beaten some incredibly long odds as brothers who will play on the same NBA team. The Holidays became 76ers teammates after Justin, 23, was called up this weekend from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. The Sixers waived guard Jeremy Pargo to make room for Justin on their 15-man roster. The 6-foot-6, 180-pound guard, who practiced with the team on Monday, is signed through the rest of the season. "Now I get to play with [Jrue] at the highest level," Justin Holiday said.
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February 23, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Markieff Morris said it was one of the best feelings of his young NBA career: The second-year Phoenix Suns forward, a two-time state champion at Philadelphia's Prep Charter, will be reunited with his twin brother, Marcus, after a Wednesday night trade with the Houston Rockets. Houston dealt 6-foot-9 forward Marcus Morris to Phoenix for a second-round draft pick. The twins starred together at the University of Kansas. "Oh, man, this is unbelievable," Markieff Morris said Thursday night in a telephone interview.
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February 22, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
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.
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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.
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November 27, 2012 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
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.
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July 4, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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