Adam Morrison Gonzaga

Before this year’s Gonzaga team’s run to the national championship game (which they eventually lost 71-65), one of the biggest national memories of the school was star forward Adam Morrison breaking down in tears after they gave up a 17-point halftime lead against UCLA in the 2006 Sweet 16. This year’s game also featured a Morrison moment, as he showed up to support his school and was shown on the broadcast…but in a tank top, and apparently extremely sunburned?

That led to plenty of jokes:

That last one’s cutting a little close to home. And hey, Morrison did all right for himself; he was drafted third overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006, and while that probably was a mistake (he didn’t play much in his first season, and missed the whole next season with a knee injury before being traded to the Lakers with Shannon Brown for Vladimir Radmanović), he wound up making good money in the NBA and winning two titles with Los Angeles (albeit with extremely limited playing time).

Yeah, pro basketball didn’t work out great for Morrison, but he got two rings and lots of money. And he got another chance to support his school in an emotional moment. He’s got sort of a Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle vibe here, so perhaps time really is a flat circle?

Morrison might want to invest more of that money in sunscreen, though. Or shirts with arms? Unless the whole plan here was to get appropriately red to support Gonzaga. If so, bravo.

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.