Where in the world is Markieff Morris? That’s the question that Lakers fans have been asking in light of his suspicious absence from the team’s social media posts, and Frank Vogel did little to fan those flames after practice on Wednesday.
In a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, the Lakers’ head coach was asked how Morris has looked at practice, and he declined to comment, citing a team policy on player privacy.
“We’re trying not to comment too much on individual players’ performances right now as we’re still trying to manage this time where we’re respecting players’ privacies, so I’m going to refrain from commenting on that,” Vogel said.
The only problem with that is that Vogel has talked about how players have looked since the team has been in Orlando.
On Monday, Vogel said he “very impressed” with the work Rajon Rondo put in during quarantine, and that he was in “great shape” before he got injured. He’s also talked about the roles Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Dion Waiters, J.R. Smith, Kyle Kuzma and even Talen Horton-Tucker can step up in the absence of Avery Bradley — not one mention of Morris.
So is Morris just not in Orlando? Vogel wouldn’t answer that question either, once again citing player privacy.
“I’m not going to comment on which guys are here and which guys are not here out of respect for our players’ privacy.”
That doesn’t mean Morris didn’t travel with the Lakers to Orlando, but it’s certainly starting to seem that way. Wherever Morris is, let’s hope he and his family are in good health, and that his season isn’t over.