You’ll find Chris Morris on most “top New Jersey Nets” lists out there. Morris spent his first 7 NBA season with the Nets, averaged almost 30 minutes per game, so he is on most lists mostly due to his longevity. Especially when you consider the way he behaved when things didn’t go his way.
Episode one, there’s a time out, and the Nets head coach Bill Fitch is drawing up a play. Fitch, a Hall of Famer, looks around and calls Morris to come back in the game. Morris decided to pull a Pippen and ignore his coach.
This wasn’t the only time drama was a part of the Chris Morris experience. In ’94/’95 Morris decided he was done with the Nets. This was before the player empowerment era, and Morris wasn’t really a household name, so the best a player could do is let the team know via his agent and wait. That wasn’t good enough for Morris, and as Twitter wasn’t around, he couldn’t pull a Bledsoe, so Morris put his message on the only place he could.
Morris wrote “trade me” on his sneaker, but he wasn’ rude about it. He added “please” on the other one. His sneaker appeal didn’t work; he finished the season with the Nets. Lucky for him, he was a free agent that summer and signed with the Utah Jazz.
Morris played in Utah for three years and finished his NBA career with a season in Phoenix. Me made a bit over $13 million, had you average NBA career overall, but will always have the politest frustrated trade demand ever.