Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris apologized to teammates Tuesday after returning from a two-game suspension for throwing a towel towards coach Jeff Hornacek after being pulled earlier this week. From the Arizona Republic:
Morris said he did not intend to throw the towel backward at Hornacek as he turned to walk away to his bench seat. He apologized to his coach and teammates and had a meeting with Suns management before rejoining the Suns for Tuesday’s practice.
”We definitely had a successful meeting and I’m just happy to be back,” Morris said.
“We kind of put it out there what we wanted from him, what we expected,” Hornacek said. “He’s been good for us in the past. We want him to get back to playing like he did last year. It’s been a struggle this year. We basically tried to get a feel if he was good for that. He said he wanted to get back and help his teammates and help us win.”
Hornacek said he understood Morris’ views and accepted an apology, saying their relationship remains as good as before the towel incident.
This was about as good of an outcome as you could expect, but the problems continue to linger. It is notable that not only did Morris apologize for his behavior in this incident, but he also apologized to the fans for his preseason comments about how he would not be with the team this year (which turned out to be incorrect).
Whether the team and Morris can mend fences remains doubtful. Hornacek has bigger concerns than Morris right now, as he’s on the hot seat by all accounts. The Suns remain in disarray, but at least they can move past this incident.
Cortesy: CBS Sports.com