There’s a lot that goes into locker room dynamics. You have quiet, introverted players and outspoken, loud guys. Everyone needs to learn each other’s ways and find some middle ground to survive 82 games, a lot of flights and hotels, practice and games. As with everything else, the star on the team sets the rules, the best example being Oklahoma City.
OKC is known for adjusting everything to their superstar’s liking. From press availability, practice time to room temperature. Westbrook liked a hot locker room, so the heat in OKC was always cranked up. Everyone else had to adapt to it. Sometimes there’s conflict, and players have to talk it out, but no-one expects personal hygiene to become a topic of conversation. That’s what happened to Adam Morrison.
“Remember Adam Morrison? He never took showers, he did the chewing tobacco that he spit all the time, and he wore the same three polos the whole year. This is a guy who made a lot of money, too, at that time. He was the face of diabetes, he was doing everything, he was on the cover of college games, he was [everywhere], and he was by far the worst and [most] disgusting.”Jared Dudley, via Washington Post
Dudley played with Morrison for the then Charlotte Bobcats in ’08/’09 and immediately said his name when asked about the dirtiest player he shared a locker room with. That’s a tough conversation to have. How do you pull someone to the side to tell them they stink? But, it came to that point in Charlotte. Gerald Wallace took matters into his own hands.
“Gerald Wallace had to force him to take a shower one time. Had to force him. Imagine that. Imagine forcing a grown man to take a shower. He should be ashamed of himself.”Jared Dudley, via Washington Post
This wasn’t the only time Morrison was the center of someone’s comedy routine. He would later win two NBA titles with the Lakers. After their win, the Lakers were on Jimmy Kimmel, who showed a montage of Adam Morrison sitting on the bench in street clothes due to his ACL injury. Kimmel joked around with it and asked where Morrison is? Kobe said he’s one of their favorite players and then said this.
“Let me just say, that’s a testament to our team. Because Adam can really play, he can really, really go. For him to take a step back, and do things like that [cheer from the bench] really helped us to get to that championship level.”Kobe Bryant, via Jimmy Kimmel
We hope that Adam adapted his lifestyle choices in COVID-19 times, at least when it comes to washing his hands.