Murphy is not only the best power forward the Nets have had since Kenyon Martin, he might be the best boxscore stuffer they’ve had at the position since Derrick Coleman. – Dave D’Alessandro/The Star-Ledger
When Troy Murphy opted to skip his senior year at Notre Dame, I was pretty disappointed. The news that he going to spend this upcoming NBA season with the New Jersey Nets almost makes up for it.
As a big ND hoops fan, I had hoped that Murphy would have stayed for his last year of eligibility to help Ryan Humphrey, Matt Carroll, and David Graves give coach Mike Brey his first (and best) shot at the Final Four.
It didn’t happen. Murphy went on to play for nine seasons for the Warriors and Pacers and was dealt to the Nets as part of a four-team, five-player trade last month.
I was pleased to see the interview Dave D’Alessandro from the Star-Ledger did with Murphy a few weeks ago, as it illustrated the kind of player and person Murphy is.
But according to NetsAreScorching.com’s Mark Ginoccio, Murphy’s stay in New Jersey could be even more short-lived.
Carmelo Anthony would be a huge get for the soon-to-be Brooklyn To Be Named Laters, but color me biased, I’d like to see Murphy play in his home state for awhile.