It only took New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris one pre-season game to set the tone he hopes to establish with his new team.
While holding the ball on offense, Morris was being defended by the Washington Wizards’ Justin Anderson.
He aggressively swung his elbows a couple times to “clear space” and then bounced the ball off the forehead of Anderson.
Morris received a flagrant 2 foul and was immediately ejected from the game. He exchanged words with a few of the Wizards’ players, including Anderson, on the way back to the locker room.
Following the game Morris spoke to the media and gave some insight into his mindset and what led to the incident.
According to ESPN, Morris said there were "some things said" by Anderson that led to the dust up and that he [Morris] "overreacted a little bit."
"Am I concerned [about a suspension]? ... I would be concerned if it was regular season. I wouldn't want to miss any regular-season games. If that was regular season I wouldn't have done that. My team needs me. I've got to be smart, set a better example. But like I said at the beginning, we're not taking any s---. So it is what it is."
Morris is known as a hard-nosed no-nonsense type of player. The Knicks signed him to a one year, $15 million dollar deal over the summer to help instill a sense of toughness with a young core of players.
The team is devoid of top-end talent, but Morris knows how to compete, and despite being a non-playoff team, they will be a feisty bunch and a tough out for opponents.
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