As James Harden departed from the Philadelphia 76ers, Marcus Morris was included in the trade package that the Los Angeles Clippers sent to the 76ers. Morris, a Philly native, had the best outing of his young Sixers career on Friday night against the Detroit Pistons.
Hitting an extremely difficult three-pointer to beat the shot clock, it was clear that Morris was locked in. He would continue his hot streak for the rest of the game, going 5-of-5 from beyond the arc, finishing with 15 points off the bench.
Since arriving in Philly, Morris has shot 57.6% from three-point range on roughly two attempts per game. He has been a lights-out shooter this season, something the Sixers desperately need around Joel Embiid.
When asked how good it feels to be home, especially on a night when everything was clicking on offense, he opened up about how special this homecoming is for him.
“I’ve been playing in Sonny Hill league and things like that since I was a child. Coming to the Sixers games when they had AI, going down to Friday’s seeing him. Just that and being able to go to the Eagles games. That shit is everything to me.”
I asked Marcus Morris what being back in Philly meant to him, especially on a night like tonight.— Hunter Simpson (@SimpsonOnSixers) December 16, 2023
“I’ve been an eagles fan my whole life. Been a Sixers fan my whole life. Being able to put that jersey on, it’s not for forever, I’m happy to be able to say i did it.” pic.twitter.com/2xdWkuG1ge
Morris quickly became a fan favorite with his Allen Iverson Friday’s reference, and voicing his support for the Philadelphia Eagles. Not to mention his activity in the Sonny Hill League — a community summer basketball league in Philadelphia.
“I’ve been an Eagles fan my whole life. Been a Sixers fan my whole life," Morris continued. "Being able to put that jersey on, it’s not for forever, [but] I’m happy to be able to say I did it.”
Morris lived out every basketball player’s dream. He was able to put on the jersey of his childhood favorite team and put on a show in front of his home crowd. With every three he made, the Wells Fargo Center erupted. Before this game and this quote, many fans were ready to trade Morris. However, many have had a change of heart, knowing they can’t let their hometown kid get away.