HoopsHype Troy Murphy rumors

May 23, 2012 Updates

Lakers forward Troy Murphy said although he "enjoyed playing here," he wasn't sure he would re-sign with the team. "Unfortunately, it ended sooner than we had expected," Murphy said Tuesday after his exit interview at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo. "I'm going to take some time off and collect my thoughts and see what the future has in store." Los Angeles Times

February 10, 2012 Updates

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." ESPN.com

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." ESPN.com

January 13, 2012 Updates

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. ESPN.com

December 19, 2011 Updates

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. Los Angeles Daily News

December 18, 2011 Updates

The Lakers continued to tinker with their roster, agreeing to terms with veteran power forward Troy Murphy on a one-year, $1.4-million contract. Murphy, 31, was a top-notch rebounder and smooth shooter until his production dropped through the floor last season. He sustained a back injury two weeks before the season opener and averaged only 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds with New Jersey and Boston. The previous two seasons, he averaged 14.4 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana while shooting a commendable 41.8% from three-point range. Los Angeles Times

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The Lakers will look at two veterans to possibly add to their roster. Power forward Troy Murphy worked out at their facility Wednesday, though the Lakers could only offer him a veteran's-minimum contract of about $1.4 million if they liked him. Murphy, 31, averaged 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds last season for New Jersey and Boston, a steep drop-off from a 2009-10 season in which the smooth shooter averaged 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds for Indiana. Los Angeles Times

October 15, 2011 Updates

Chamberlain kept his dogs in the car during early 1970s shootarounds. That wasn’t the case with former NBA coach Don Nelson. “He’d have his dog (Bucky) on the court, and he would come out on the court and take a leak," Indiana forward Mike Dunleavy remembers about playing for Nelson with Golden State in 2006-07. “Our trainer would have to come out and wipe it up." Boston forward Troy Murphy, then also with the Warriors, said basketball sometimes would continue before the trainer got out a sponge. “(Bucky) would eat an omlette before shootaround and then go out and piss on the floor," Murphy said. “You’d kind of have to dribble around it to get your shots up." Karl said players used to bring their dogs to San Antonio shootarounds in the mid 1970s when he was a player. That sometimes turned out to be quite an adventure. “We started having fights with dogs at shootaround," Karl said. FOXSports Florida

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Traded in February back to his original N.B.A. team, the Warriors, he was quickly bought out and waived. Lottery-bound Golden State had no use for him. Then, on the open market, he listened to proposals from Miami and Boston — and chose the Celtics, who were down by 2-0 entering Saturday’s Game 3 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals against the Heat. When asked Saturday about this season, Murphy said: “Exasperating. If you had told me it would have been like this, I would never have believed you.” New York Times

He also said he still would choose the Celtics even knowing now what he didn’t know then: that his team would be trailing Miami, and that he would be rendered to wallflower status at the most critical juncture of the season. He is not part of Coach Doc Rivers’s rotation and has yet to play against the Heat. “You can’t look back,” Murphy said, choosing his words carefully after the morning shoot-around at the Celtics’ practice facility outside Boston. “You make a decision and you stick with it. I made the decision to come here, and it is what it is. I felt both teams had a chance to compete for a championship, and Boston made more sense to me at the time. “There was a definite tug of war. They were two of the top teams in the league. It was a very tough decision.” New York Times

March 15, 2011 Updates

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