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Troy Murphy
Troy Murphy
Position: None
Born: 05/02/80
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Murphy, who is not married and does not have children, rarely plays basketball anymore and has not had much time to watch the N.B.A. But he did attend two Columbia home games this season, and he has gotten to know some of the players through shared classes. They are some of the only students who have recognized him. Steve Frankoski, 24, a guard from Florham Park, N.J., recalled his first encounter with Murphy. “I was coming out of class one time,” he said. “I saw him. I saw this massive dude. I was like, ‘That looks like someone I know.’ And it was him, so I said, ‘Yo, Murph!’ He turned around and was like, ‘Yo, yo.’ He’s from Jersey, and I’m from Jersey, so I said, ‘Jersey!’ ”
But Murphy always wanted to complete his formal education. His parents are retired schoolteachers. He attended Delbarton, a prestigious high school in Morristown, N.J., where his grades rivaled his athletic prowess. “I think it was ingrained in him, and he took a lot of pride in his academic ability,” said Dan Whalen, his high school basketball coach. “His grades were very good, his SATs were very good, and he was a very good student, in addition to being a top, top basketball player.”
After years of working to keep up his scoring average, Murphy has become obsessed with his grade-point average. He took four classes last semester — Organizing Innovation, Societal Adaptations to Terrorism, Introduction to Islamic Civilization, and Spanish — and compiled a 3.80 G.P.A. He made the dean’s list. Professional athletes often struggle to find focus and purpose after their playing days, after the constant external validation has dissipated. Becoming a full-time undergraduate student at an Ivy League university, then, has given Murphy a means to concentrate his considerable competitive energy. “For me it was: I’m going to prove I can beat this guy. I’m going to shut him down or outscore him or outrebound him,” he said. “Now, you have these professors who are some of the best, and you want to test yourself. You want to prove you can get an A in the class.”
The Mavericks are at the NBA roster limit of 15, so a player must be waived or traded to open a roster spot for Murphy. With center Chris Kaman tentatively scheduled to return from a calf injury _ and Dirk Nowitzki out at least a few more weeks from arthroscopic knee surgery _ the Mavs’ greater need is at power forward. That would appear to make recently added center Eddy Curry the odd Maverick out. The Mavericks have shopped third-year guard Dominique Jones, but haven’t found a taker.
The reason Curry would be released, according to the source, is because center Chris Kaman is expected to back ready to play in Saturday’s home opener against the Charlotte Bobcats. It’s also because power forward Dirk Nowitzki is still about a month away from returning to the court, and Murphy spends as much time on the perimeter as Nowitzki. In other words, the Mavs have a much stronger need right now for a power forward who can stretch the court (Murphy) than a center of Curry’s ilk. Murphy, however, still has to pass his physical with the Mavs.
With Chris Kaman soon to return from a calf injury, sources said, Dallas decided that it needed more of a stretch power forward like Murphy as cover for Dirk Nowitzki than another back-to-the-basket player. Curry, whom the Mavs claimed off waivers the day before the preseason finale, had nine points and four rebounds during the Dallas’ 1-1 season-opening road trip. He played a significant role in the Mavs’ win over the Lakers, scoring seven points and grabbing four rebounds in 17 minutes. The Mavs have agreed to a one-year deal with Murphy, pending him passing a physical.
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Free agent forward Troy Murphy has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Dallas is working to clear a roster spot to sign Murphy. The Mavericks, at the league limit of 15 players, have been unsuccessfully shopping third-year guard Dominique Jones. Murphy, 32, played a sparing role in 59 games for the Los Angeles Lakers a season ago, but he’s still a capable perimeter shooter. Once considered one of the league’s elite perimeter shooting forwards, the 6-foot-11 Murphy has bounced around several teams in the past three years, including the Lakers, Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets.
He remains optimistic and views Leandro Barbosa‘s late signing with the Boston Celtics and Eddy Curry signing with Dallas just days before the start of the season as hope that he’ll, too, soon find a new home. “Ultimately, I have to stay ready, which I am, as far as in the gym, and stay positive,” Howard said. “I don’t think my career’s over.” Other notable players still looking for a team: Guards: Derek Fisher, Gilbert Arenas (in talks with Chinese team), Baron Davis, Earl Boykins, Mickael Pietrus, Michael Redd, Maurice Evans, Jason Kapono. Forwards/Centers: Kenyon Martin, Shawne Williams, Quentin Richardson, Bobby Simmons, Bill Walker, Jamario Moon, Renaldo Balkman, Ryan Gomes, Troy Murphy, Josh Powell, Derrick Caracter, Ben Wallace, Greg Oden, Sean Williams, Tony Battie, Mehmet Okur.
Murphy sprained his right ankle just three weeks into his tenure with Boston, which kept him out of six consecutive games and further derailed his entire acclimation process. “I look back on it because I look at a team that I really wanted to [play well for] when I was there,” said Murphy. “I wanted to really contribute, and physically, I wasn’t right and I wasn’t able to do it, and there wasn’t enough time to kind of get there. It’s like a missed opportunity. It’s a great organization, and there’s really nothing you can do about it. It is kind of what it is.”
Murphy reflected on his brief stint in Boston prior to Thursday’s game, including why he was unable to live up to the expectations that were set. “I mean, I think just coming in here, I hadn’t played in a long time,” said Murphy, who had a falling out with the New Jersey Nets in the opening months of last season that kept him out of game action for an extended period. “And then coming in here, it was towards the end [of the season]. I didn’t perform the way I feel like I could have and I think not being healthy and everything like that had a lot to do with it.”
It will be two steps forward and one step back for the Los Angeles Lakers’ beleaguered bench on Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Forwards Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy will be back in the lineup at the same time Steve Blake is being placed on the inactive list with a costochondral fracture, which is a fracture of the cartilage connecting the rib to the sternum. “That thing is at a point to where even if he makes a hard move, it can hurt him or bother him,” Lakers coach Mike Brown said of Blake’s condition.
Troy Murphy officially became a Lakers backup power forward, signing a one-season deal worth $1.3 million. Murphy played sparingly last season with the New Jersey Nets and the Boston Celtics, averaging only 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 35 games. – Andrew Goudelock and Malcolm Thomas returned to the Lakers’ training camp after playing for the developmental league D-Fenders against Bakersfield on Saturday.