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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:21 pm
Troy Murphy is goin' home
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Troy-Murphy-is-goin-home;_ylt=AmIFSm1abO2.Mr1uS.Av5Wi8vLYF?urn=nba-313335


Last season, Troy Murphy(notes) averaged 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Indiana Pacers, spread out over 32.6 minutes per game in 72 contests. He pulled in over 17 percent of the rebounds that were available for him to grab while on the court, a very good mark, and shot 38 percent from long range. His Player Efficiency Rating of 18 was a career high, as he worked through the entire season at age 29, usually the peak age for NBA players.

And while NBA types usually sustain that production at age 30, or slightly drop off, nobody could have predicted Troy Murphy's sudden fall from grace. Traded to the New Jersey Nets over the offseason, the double-double machine is off the team's active roster.

Why? Because of Avery Johnson. That's why.

The New York Post takes it from here:

Troy Murphy is staying home.

The on-going confusion regarding Murphy's status resurfaced when Nets general manager Billy King spoke about the possibility of Murphy rejoining the team. In the morning, coach Avery Johnson was unaware of any impending move and said he would address the matter with King. Last night, he claimed it's not happening.

"Billy said we're just going to stay along the same path,'' Johnson said of Murphy, who has been told to stay home in case the Nets try to trade him -- or hang on to him in case Denver calls back about Carmelo Anthony(notes). "He will not be joining our team."

Yeah, no sense in trying to make that work, Avery.

Murphy has played in just 18 games this year, and while he's shot terribly and turned the ball over too much, he's been completely out of sorts and this sort of fall off is to be expected from someone who has been tossed in and out of games (and team planes, apparently) like an afterthought. All because Avery Johnson ... well, what is Avery Johnson doing?

Because while New Jersey's roster isn't the best around, and the team has been dealing with trade rumors all season, the Nets are still on pace for just 25 wins. And the team isn't exactly in a good enough place to be deciding to shuttle double-double players away from consistent action, but that's what Avery has done to ... again, I don't know. Because Murphy doesn't play any defense?

Murphy isn't a good defender. But sending Troy home to protect that stellar 17th-ranked defense, is that worth it?

Because it would seem to me that a good coach gets his players to do exactly what they've done, for their entire career, and no more. But a great coach either works players out of their comfort zone and onto greater things, or manages to mix and match the positive contributions and mitigating factors inherent in every roster on a team's way toward being greater than the sum of its parts.

That is to say -- you're 28th in offensive efficiency, Avery. You can't find a place for Troy Murphy to drop some shots and create some spacing for Devin Harris'(notes) drives and Brook Lopez's(notes) oft double-teamed forays around the hoop?

But this is how it works in Avery's world. If it ain't perfect, send it home.

Now, Johan Petro(notes)? There's a go-getter.
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Really is strange the Avery doesn't use Murphy, as he would likely be real good next to BLopez and DHarris, opening things up for both of them as the writer said.

I wouldn't mind even offering AB for Murphy. Nets might do that. Don't know what the contract of Murphy is like, but he likely would produce more than AB is and maybe could be used in another trade, maybe in the offseason for a Center like MGasol
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:35 pm
It makes perfect sense. Troy is an expiring contract with 12 million this year, and he is not in their future plans.
New Jersey is not looking at how many games it can win, it is looking to improve the core of individuals it sees as possible players for its future.

Avery wants to develop a certain style that he wants the team to play, and Murphy doesn't play that style, so why have the talent they are trying to develop get accustomed to him in the line up, and then try to change it up on them when he is not there. I bet if Murphy played the style that Avery is preaching and exemplified what Avery wants the others to do he would be around the team.... but he doesn't.

So why use him at all? He is more valueable as a trade chip or as 12 million coming off the books next year.
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I do think AB is an Avery type of player and under his coaching could be better than ever as well. That would allow BLopez to focus on scoring and AB would be their low post defender, better than Murphy at least. Could definately be a possibility, though I wouldn't want Murphy to stay past this season
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:37 pm
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AsZFBnD8q2Gx_oPRYcGkviG8vLYF?slug=mc-murphyceltics030111

Murphy to sign with Celtics


The Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat once more this season, this time in the Troy Murphy(notes) sweepstakes.

Murphy chose to join the Celtics over the Heat and is expected to sign a contract on Wednesday after clearing waivers, NBA sources confirmed to Yahoo! Sports. ESPN.com first reported Murphy’s decision.

Murphy listened to recruiting pitches from Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and Heat president Pat Riley on Monday night.

The 6-foot-11 forward received a buyout from the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night before narrowing his choices to Miami and Boston. The Celtics are attracted to his 3-point range and rebounding ability. After New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson informed Murphy he didn’t plan to play him, Murphy was granted a leave from the team.

The Nets traded Murphy to the Warriors for center Dan Gadzuric(notes) and forward Brandan Wright(notes). Murphy has averaged 3.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 18 games this season and hasn’t played since Jan. 7.

The addition of Murphy means Boston likely won’t sign free-agent forward Leon Powe(notes), a former Celtic. The Celtics have beaten the Heat all three times they’ve played this season.

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Think Murphy fits in Boston a bit, as they are short on Centers with Shaq and Jermaine injured. His outside shooting should open the lane for the likes of Rondo, Pierce and even Garnett. He can still rebound a fair bit as well so good pickup by Boston and I think they are starting to look like clear cut #1 in the east
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:58 am
well, murphy is an irish name... so it makes sense he landed in the celtics
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migya wrote:Troy Murphy is goin' home
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Troy-Murphy-is-goin-home;_ylt=AmIFSm1abO2.Mr1uS.Av5Wi8vLYF?urn=nba-313335


Last season, Troy Murphy(notes) averaged 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Indiana Pacers, spread out over 32.6 minutes per game in 72 contests. He pulled in over 17 percent of the rebounds that were available for him to grab while on the court, a very good mark, and shot 38 percent from long range. His Player Efficiency Rating of 18 was a career high, as he worked through the entire season at age 29, usually the peak age for NBA players.

And while NBA types usually sustain that production at age 30, or slightly drop off, nobody could have predicted Troy Murphy's sudden fall from grace. Traded to the New Jersey Nets over the offseason, the double-double machine is off the team's active roster.

Why? Because of Avery Johnson. That's why.

The New York Post takes it from here:

Troy Murphy is staying home.

The on-going confusion regarding Murphy's status resurfaced when Nets general manager Billy King spoke about the possibility of Murphy rejoining the team. In the morning, coach Avery Johnson was unaware of any impending move and said he would address the matter with King. Last night, he claimed it's not happening.

"Billy said we're just going to stay along the same path,'' Johnson said of Murphy, who has been told to stay home in case the Nets try to trade him -- or hang on to him in case Denver calls back about Carmelo Anthony(notes). "He will not be joining our team."

Yeah, no sense in trying to make that work, Avery.

Murphy has played in just 18 games this year, and while he's shot terribly and turned the ball over too much, he's been completely out of sorts and this sort of fall off is to be expected from someone who has been tossed in and out of games (and team planes, apparently) like an afterthought. All because Avery Johnson ... well, what is Avery Johnson doing?

Because while New Jersey's roster isn't the best around, and the team has been dealing with trade rumors all season, the Nets are still on pace for just 25 wins. And the team isn't exactly in a good enough place to be deciding to shuttle double-double players away from consistent action, but that's what Avery has done to ... again, I don't know. Because Murphy doesn't play any defense?

Murphy isn't a good defender. But sending Troy home to protect that stellar 17th-ranked defense, is that worth it?

Because it would seem to me that a good coach gets his players to do exactly what they've done, for their entire career, and no more. But a great coach either works players out of their comfort zone and onto greater things, or manages to mix and match the positive contributions and mitigating factors inherent in every roster on a team's way toward being greater than the sum of its parts.

That is to say -- you're 28th in offensive efficiency, Avery. You can't find a place for Troy Murphy to drop some shots and create some spacing for Devin Harris'(notes) drives and Brook Lopez's(notes) oft double-teamed forays around the hoop?

But this is how it works in Avery's world. If it ain't perfect, send it home.

Now, Johan Petro(notes)? There's a go-getter.
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Really is strange the Avery doesn't use Murphy, as he would likely be real good next to BLopez and DHarris, opening things up for both of them as the writer said.

I wouldn't mind even offering AB for Murphy. Nets might do that. Don't know what the contract of Murphy is like, but he likely would produce more than AB is and maybe could be used in another trade, maybe in the offseason for a Center like MGasol


Ok, I know i'm a bit late here but holy sh*t. The practically expansion of a team NJ Nets are almost twice as good as us defensively? Good Lord...
"Losing is inevitably close to winning," Guber said. "They're inches apart. Drama. If you have drama, you've got a ticket to sell." "They're not real fans," Lacob said. "They don't have season tickets."

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