Dwayne "Tiny" Morton is the Phil Jackson of New York City high school basketball. He won the Public School Athletic League championship 10 times, winning in 2002-04, 2006-09 and 2013 as a head coach at Lincoln High School in Coney Island Lincoln has produced Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair and Lance Stephenson, who won four of those titles with Morton and set the New York State career scoring record. .
The Brooklyn Eagle talked to Morton about Stephenson and whether he'd like to play for the Nets and whether returning home would work out for the 6'5" swingman. In both cases, Morton said yes.
"He's been in the NBA for a couple of years now and if he can't manage playing at home then he doesn't belong in the NBA," said Morton, now an assistant coach at Seton Hall. "So I don't think Lance will have a problem playing at home. I think that he would love to play in Brooklyn."
But Morton warned that Stephenson might have trouble with losing.
"I just hope that if it happens that his team is good enough that it can win," he said. "He doesn't want to come home and lose. That's a bad situation right there...I'm not in the NBA so I don't know, but if he loses it's too much, it doesn't matter who you are, it’s going to be a tough situation for anyone."
Stephenson, of course, has been the subject of various trade rumors involving both Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson.
- Stephenson’s high school coach: Lance would be fine as Brooklyn Nets player - Rob Abruzzese - Brooklyn Eagle