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Los Angeles Lakers sign Markieff Morris

By Sports Desk February 23, 2020

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed veteran forward Markieff Morris, the NBA franchise announced on Sunday.

Western Conference leaders the Lakers brought in Morris after waiving injured center DeMarcus Cousins.

Morris negotiated a buyout with the Detroit Pistons on Friday and joins the Lakers – who are led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis and looking to win a championship.

The 30-year-old Morris, the twin brother of Los Angeles Clippers recruit Marcus, averaged 11 points and 1.6 assists in 44 appearances for the Pistons this season.

In 623 career games with the Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit, Morris has averaged 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

The Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 114-112 on Sunday to extend their winning streak to five games and improve to 43-12 atop the west.

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    Rickey Green sped across for the double team and blocked Abdul-Jabbar's path into the lane, though he was unable to steal the ball at the same time.

    The Los Angeles Lakers star then pivoted towards the baseline and sent a trademark sky hook over Eaton to send the Las Vegas crowd crazy.

    With that bucket, Abdul-Jabbar surpassed the great Wilt Chamberlain's career haul of 31,419 points and became the NBA's all-time leading scorer.

    Speaking on court after the game, NBA commissioner David Stern said: "Kareem, you are one of the greatest athletes ever to play our game."

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    When he was just 14 years old, Abdul-Jabbar was a protege of Chamberlain during the latter's time with the Philadelphia Warriors.

    When Abdul-Jabbar entered the league with the Milwaukee Bucks as the first overall pick from the 1969 draft, his former mentor was in his twilight years with the Lakers.

    It was an era when the league was dominated by big men, and the pair rapidly became on-court rivals. Competitiveness brought an end to their intertwined history.

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    ''It's curious. It's really quite strange. If I had received half the fanfare that Kareem's getting at this time, I wouldn't know what to do with myself," said Chamberlain.

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    Those records Chamberlain spoke of? Well, to name but a few, they include:

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    - Being the only player to score 100 points in a single game.

    - Having the most career rebounds in the NBA (23,934) and the most in a single game (55).

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    Then there was the fact he had played 121 more games, although Chamberlain racked up over 2,000 more minutes.

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