Morris Peterson

Morris Peterson


8/26/1977, Flint, Michigan

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Morris Peterson is an NBA shooting guard for the Toronto Raptors. He won an NCAA title with Michigan in 2000. He was selected in the first round, 21st pick, by the Toronto Raptors and has been playing for them for 6 years, beginning in 2000.


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  • Trivia

    • Peterson: It's a lot of minutes. We want the younger guys to step up. But when I'm out there, I'm not really thinking about it. When I go home at night, that's when I really feel it. I've got to get my rest.

    • Peterson: It seemed like they wanted it more than us. We had beaten them all year, so it was a game they wanted to win.

    • Peterson: We should be learning from this.... We're definitely angry.

    • Peterson: We played well, we played well enough to win the game. Down the stretch we allowed them to get second chance shots. We allowed them to hit three pointers and get back into the game. Against a team like that who's so dangerous offensively we've got to step up and make plays, and on the offensive end we did. On the defensive end we broke down and second chance points and three pointers and rebounds killed us.

    • Peterson: It went through my mind about possibly being somewhere else. I wasn't happy at the time. I felt at that moment it was time for me to move on.

    • Peterson: Back then there were a lot of guys who played their whole career for just one team, players like Reggie Miller, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. There's not many guys that do that any more.

    • Peterson: That's one of the things I try to do at the end of games, make big shots. It just so happens in the last couple of minutes my teammates find me in the right spot. They know I'm going to be in that corner waiting. They do a great job of rotating the ball.

    • Peterson: It's showing this team's character when our best player is being double-teamed and having a rough night but we had other guys step up. Everybody stepped up and did what they had to do and took care of business. That's what it's all about.

    • Peterson: If you look at a lot of our games, we've been in a lot of dogfights. It's good to have nights where you play well. ...I thought we deserved to win. ...With us having a back-to-back, it's good for some of our young guys to get a lot of minutes in and develop and play.

    • Peterson: I'd love to see him back in a Raptor uniform.

    • Peterson: When things are clicking and going right for us, I always thought we were a pretty good basketball team.

    • Peterson: It started on the defensive end. I got a couple of stops. I was able to get guys involved and, after that we were able to get a comfortable lead. A team like Charlotte always plays hard and never gives up. Whenever we would make a run, we knew we had to turn it up defensively.

    • Peterson: I don't remember him making jump shots.

    • Peterson: No moral victories, we made mistakes in the end. That's all.

    • Peterson: I think you have to go through things to appreciate what you have and what you have to do to win. Tonight I thought we had all the answers - we scraped, we dove for loose balls, we didn't give up on plays. It's a big win for us.

    • Peterson: I've been around this organization for six years. I've seen guys come and go, so nothing surprises me. You have to always prepare that this could maybe be your last day.

    • Peterson: I know if I was that hot, I'd keep shooting. It wasn't disrespectful to me. I wasn't thinking about it. I was just trying to win the game.

    • Peterson: He played great tonight. I never seen anything like that. Take nothing away from that performance tonight. He showed why he's one of the premier players of this league. Once a guy like him gets going, gets into a rhythm, it's going to be a long night. It was a long night for us tonight. You really can't say much.

    • Peterson: We had a lot of turnovers. We didn't push the ball up the court and we stood around on offence.

    • Peterson: I know I didn't touch him. There was no contact there but Jess made the call.

    • Peterson: I think guys are starting to realize that when you put in hard work, and do all the little things, success comes. I think things are starting to come together.

    • Peterson: That was definitely the most fun I've had playing out there. I feel like everybody contributed, we did everything the right way. This is the kind of basketball we've been waiting to play.

    • Peterson: I feel like I know what I can bring to the team. That's all I asked, for guys to know I really want to be on this team and help us win.

    • Peterson: At home, it's all about pride, and to lose so many at home at the start of the season, that was telling was that we had no character.

    • Peterson: Don't count us out, don't count us out. I'm just trying to get buckets, do whatever I can do to win games.

    • Peterson: They reviewed everything and looked over everything and felt like there isn't going to be a fine.

    • Peterson: Charlie has an unbelievable knack of scoring. It looks like he's not playing hard but that's just his demeanor. He plays hard and tonight he hit some big shots for us. He's coming along well and he's going to develop into a great player in this league.

    • Peterson: In the first half, we played terrible, but in the second half I thought we pulled together and did what we had to do to win.

    • Peterson: Alvin came over to me and I said "I'm taking over your throne. I just want to continue to do it. You don't know how long you're going to play."

    • Peterson: Today was probably the first day I thought about it. I do take pride in my work, pride in coming in every day but I just want to continue to do that.

    • Peterson: Tonight in the end I started feeling tired. I don't know where I got that last burst of energy from. I just want to go home and sleep.

    • Peterson: Kind of reflects where I am from, real blue-collar town -- we punch in at the factories, go to work and punch out.

    • Peterson: If you get an open look in this league, you've got to knock down the shot and we were knocking them down tonight.

    • Peterson: We should be 3-0 on this road trip, but we're 0-3. There are no moral victories here.

    • Peterson: We have to learn, once we get a lead, we have to bury teams.

    • Peterson: So Coach gets on guys? So what? If he didn't care, he wouldn't get on you.

    • He was drafted 21st pick, first round by the Toronto Raptors in the 2000 NBA Entry Draft.

    • He was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2000.

    • He scored a career-best 38 points on March 21, 2006.

    • He is left-handed.

    • He is 6'7".

    • He is the cousin of Jonathan Bender who plays for the Indiana Pacers.

    • His nickname is Mo-Pete.

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