Boston Celtics: Marcus Morris excited to ‘compete for a championship’

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 26: Marcus Morris
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 26: Marcus Morris /

New Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris is ready to get down to business with his new team, feels fans will enjoy what he brings to the game.

When it comes to physicality, new Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris will bring plenty of it to his new team.  He also loves having the opportunity to display that for a winning team.

Speaking to the media for the first time during his introductory conference call on Wednesday, the 6-foot-9 forward expressed his enthusiasm in joining a team on the brink of winning a championship.

"“This is the first time in my career I can actually say I have an opportunity to get to the Finals, an opportunity to compete for a championship,” Morris said, via WEEI."

Acquired in a deal that sent Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons, Morris wasted no time getting in the good graces of Celtics fans.  His physical play, versatility at forward, along with the scoring he can provide are attributes he said fans would love.

"“I think that fans in Boston are going to really enjoy what I bring to the game, and I think I fit right with these guys,” he continued."

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The 14.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game will definitely fit nicely on a team with a big three of Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward.  More importantly, the way he has and can defend LeBron James is perhaps the reason Boston pulled the trigger on the deal.

Along with Aron Baynes, the Celtics have added some of the toughness that was missing during that Eastern Conference Finals series with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Morris on Aron Baynes

 Speaking of the Australian big man, Marcus Morris praised Baynes, who he played with in Detroit.  He complimented his professionalism and the way he competes both on the court and in practice.

"“He’s always been a true professional,” Morris said during the conference call.  “He’s always been one of those guys that works extremely hard, that gets the job done (you can count on him), and he’s a tough guy.At practice he competes at the highest level everyday…You know that’s a type of guy you want to play with and not against, so I’m happy he’s on our team and I think he’s going to be a major piece for us.”"

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It sounds like both players are looking forward to giving the Boston Celtics a little muscle off the bench or even in the starting lineup.

Morris on Paul Pierce

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Something we didn’t know about Marcus Morris is that his favorite player is Boston Celtics great Paul Pierce.

In fact, part of his excitement in joining the Celtics comes from his conversations with Pierce.

"“How could I be upset about going to the Boston Celtics?  Paul Pierce has always been my favorite player,” Morris said.  “I reached out to him to see if I could get some work in with him, so how could I ever have a bad thought about it?”"

As the two are both Kansas alums, Morris immediately talked to Pierce once he heard of the trade.  The man known as “The Truth” didn’t lie when telling Morris that he “was going to love it” in Boston.

If he leaves any off the court issues behind him, it sounds like Boston Celtics fans are going to love him.

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