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Wizards' Markieff Morris sees Kyrie Irving's situation with Cavs as 'unfortunate'

Wizards' Markieff Morris sees Kyrie Irving's situation with Cavs as 'unfortunate'

Kyrie Irving's current stance in wanting a trade from the Cavaliers so he can get out from under LeBron James' shadow is perplexing to many from the outside looking in, including his NBA peers. Irving has everything most NBA players would want. He's on a perennial title contender and reaps the benefits of the exposure that brings him.

Wizards power forward Markieff Morris, for one, is surprised Irving isn't happy with what he has.

"It's unfortunate, man. Me personally, I don't know what's going on in the organization or what, but if you're going to back-to-back [NBA Finals] I would try to find something to better the team and not try to get away from it," he said.

[RELATED: Morris says Celtics rivalry should continue, even with brother in Boston]

Like his teammate John Wall, who commented on Irving's ordeal earlier this month, Morris was sure to point out he does not know all of the facts. Still, he wonders why things have gone wrong when they are competing for championships each year in Cleveland.

"I'm not there. I don't know what the organization is like. But just from the outside looking in, it looked like it's a good situation for everybody playing next to the king," Morris said of James.

Meanwhile, Wall has been working out with both Irving and James, though in separate sessions, in Miami. He posted photos of he and the 4-time MVP playing together at the University of Miami on Sunday:

Wall talked about Irving and James before working out with the two All-Stars. It would be interesting to hear his thoughts now, having spent some time with each of them.

[RELATED: Wizards Tipoff podcast - Shaquille O'Neal on the Wizards]

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

Point guard John Wall was a notable absence at Friday afternoon's Wizards practice, as he sat out after having an MRI done on his left knee earlier in the day. 

Despite playing well against the Hornets in the team's last game, Wall is still feeling discomfort and now the Wizards wait to hear the test results. Wall may not play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

"John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels [Saturday morning] and then make a decision from there."

Wall's knee issue dates back to two weeks ago. He first complained about swelling in his knee after a game against the Sacramento Kings.


Wall has since had his knee drained, but the problems have persisted. Wall says his mobility is affected most.

Wall, 27, has missed two games for the Wizards this season, one due to a sprained left shoulder and another because of his knee. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.

Wall had one of his best games against the season in Charlotte on Wednesday. Despite playing through pain, he managed 31 points and 11 assists. He played 41 minutes because the game went to overtime.

If Wall can't go against the Blazers, the Wizards will rely heavily on backup point guard Tim Frazier. Either way, they have a tough assignment at that position with Damian Lillard of Portland.


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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

The early returns on backup forward Mike Scott have been quite good for the Wizards. Signed to a one-year deal in free agency, Scott is off to a strong start.

He's averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three. His 59.7 effective field goal percentage is second on the team behind Otto Porter.

At his best, Scott has proven to be instant offense and an efficient scorer. He's reached double figures in seven out of his last 12 appearances while shooting 59 percent.

Scott is the backup to Markieff Morris and Morris likes what he sees so far.

"He fits perfect. We should have been gotten him," Morris said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "I feel like me and him are going to have a couple great years together, if you ask me."


There are some similarities in the games of Morris and Scott. They are close in size and can score both inside and out. They offer a respectable three-point shot with a strong midrange and post game to complement.

Others have pointed it out and Morris sees it, too.

"I think he's trying to steal my game," he joked. "We kind of resemble each other a lot more than what I thought before he got here."

Morris of course has a twin in real life, Marcus who plays for the Celtics. But Scott is like his twin on the Wizards' bench, figuratively speaking.

"It's kind of hard to distinguish between the two sometimes when they're making shots because they play the same way," guard Bradley Beal said. "They can knock down threes, they can give you the post up game, they can handle the ball. They are definitely one in the same, in a sense."

"There's a lot of similarities. They have a lot of the same mannerisms," head coach Scott Brooks said. "They have this real, tough, calming influence on the group. I like guys that have that edge to them."

Morris also discussed his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, how his season has gone so far and who Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons remind him of on the podcast.

Listen to the full interview right here:

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