PHOENIX — Last year Suns rookie Markieff Morris endured the pain of being upset by a heavy underdog (VCU) in the Elite Eight.
This year he’s watched his Kansas Jayhawks play their way into tonight’s National Championship Game against powerhouse Kentucky, and Morris could not be more ecstatic about it.
“Man, you don’t even know how excited,” said Morris, who has missed Phoenix’s last two games due to illness. “I wish you would have seen me last game, jumping around, doing pushups, man. I forgot I was sick, you know what I mean?”
Amid the disappointment of last year’s upset at the hands of No. 11-seeded VCU in Morris’ final collegiate game, the Suns’ rookie could see a run like this brewing based on how talented the returning Jayhawks were.
“I could see them having a great year,” Morris said. “Most of the guys that are there now were there last year. We had a great team last year, and I knew they would be back.”
I’m sure a part of Morris would love to be out on the Superdome floor leading his alma mater to its second national championship in the last five seasons rather than on another grueling NBA road trip, but if Kansas wins I would not be surprised if Morris is so excited that he feels like he was actually out on the court with his former teammates.
“They’re going to get this shot one time in their lifetime,” Morris said.
Morris will likely have rooting company in Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, an assistant coach on the 1988 Kansas title team.