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#pounditMonday, September 27, 2021

Marcus Morris on Phoenix tenure: ‘I felt disrespected the entire time’


The war between the Phoenix Suns and the Morris family bloodline continues.

After a summer in which twin brother Markieff aired out his discontent with the organization, both in private and in public, Marcus Morris took a shot at the Suns in advance of Friday night’s Detroit-Phoenix game.

It was the surprise trade of Marcus by the Suns to the Pistons in July that started this whole commotion in the first place, and clearly, both brothers still harvest some serious bad blood because of it.

“I felt disrespected the entire time I was in Phoenix,” said Marcus to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press on Friday. “I was playing well, but I still feel like I didn’t have a real opportunity to grow.

“Anytime a team trades you away like that, it’s a slap in the face,” he continued. “I still feel disrespected, and I feel like I want to disrespect them.”

Most of the Morris twins’ displeasure may stem from the fact that they both took deals for less than their perceived market value in order to remain together in Phoenix, only to be hastily separated just months later.

“It was really just to stay with my brother, because we wanted to play together,” Marcus said. “That was one of our main goals, and we wasn’t being greedy. A lot of players in this league, they want all the money, and some of them are not even worth it.”

While Markieff may have settled down enough to return to a regular role as a starter with the Suns, it’s clear that the Morris twins will harbor a ton of resentment against the team for a long time to come, no matter how petty or frivolous they may come across as.

For what it’s worth, Marcus had the last laugh (for now), posting 20 points and 6 rebounds as the Pistons ultimately defeated Phoenix by the final of 100-92. Markieff, on the other hand, finished with 18 points and 4 rebounds in a losing effort.

Oh brother, where art thou?

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