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Ex-Gonzaga star upbeat despite season-ending injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Former Gonzaga star forward Adam Morrison will undergo surgery on November 10th to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The knee injury will cost him his second season with the Charlotte Bobcats.

The 6'8" Morrison was the third player taken in the 2006 NBA draft and played in 78 of 82 games as a rookie, averaging 11.8 points. He never missed a game at Mead High School in Spokane or in three seasons at Gonzaga.

In his first public comments since he was injured in an exhibition game in Los Angeles on October 20, Morrison tried to sound upbeat.

He said: "It's unfortunate. I'm disappointed. I worked real hard this summer. I had a decent preseason. The team was feeling good. I was feeling good. It's just part of the business. It happens. I've never gone a season without playing. I've missed, what five games in my life? It's going to be tough."

The 23-year-old Morrison will be paid handsomely in his second season in Charlotte, though. He'll earn $3,887,880 in the second year of a four-year contract with the Bobcats.

The Bobcats didn't like the way Morrison played defensively last season and acquired Jason Richardson in a draft-night trade. But they say Morrison is still in the team's long-range plans.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)