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An exclusive diary from the Notre Dame forward
Lost Luggage and Practice Push-ups
By Troy Murphy
Troy's Trek: Part I | Part II | Part III

I'm in Boston right now after another week of working out for teams. Last week, I said I was on my way to New Jersey to work out for the Nets. New Jersey was great. I worked out against Michael Wright from Arizona and this high school kid, Ousmane Cisse. Cisse's really athletic and I think he's going to be a good player.

Then I got to the airport to go to Detroit and the flight was cancelled. So I tried to get on the next flight and it was full. There were no flights to Detroit and I was supposed to work out there the next day, which was Saturday. I ended up staying in New Jersey, but my luggage went to Detroit until Sunday. I had no luggage for two days, so I was stuck wearing the same stuff.

It really wasn't that bad -- I just had to go to the mall and buy some new clothes. But it's not like I can just walk into the Gap and find clothes that fit me, since I'm 6-11. So I bought some really really big shorts and a big t-shirt. I also got to see my girlfriend for a little bit during this layover, which was nice.

I finally got to Detroit Sunday and worked out Monday. There, I worked out against Mike Bradley from Villanova, a Yugoslavian guy, Vladimir Radmanovic and Andre Hutson from Michigan State. The thing that surprised me the most from all my workouts, I guess, was in Detroit where they had us doing push-ups with our hands on basketballs, as many push-ups as we could. I had never done this before and it was pretty tough, but I was able to do 55.

I left Detroit and flew to Boston on Monday. Boston's a great city and a beautiful place. I worked out Tuesday and it was a great workout, one of the harder ones I've had. These team workouts are becoming easier since I started about a month ago, although the one for the Celtics was probably the most difficult one I've had. It's a good thing I didn't go to Boston for my first workout! There were only two people and it was a lot of running and shooting. It wasn't so much of a killer workout, but some of the workouts are more structured and tougher and this was definitely one of them. Plus there were only two of us, which makes it harder -- me and Damone Brown from Syracuse.

Other than Bradley and Hutson, I haven't gone against the same player twice. I like it because you get to see all sorts of players and I think the coaches do that to see how you react based on the different styles that guys play.

Murphy
After jumping from city to city for team workouts, Murphy is one week a way from learning which will be his NBA team. AP Photo
Right now, we're going to do a TV interview out here in Boston. That's something I haven't done in other cities. Today, there were a bunch of media people who came in at the end of the workout and interviewed me. That was the first time at any of these places that media people had been there.

The best meal I've had during my team workouts was at this restaurant called The Mad Hatter that my AAU coach owns down in Seabright, N.J. It's supposedly got the best pizza on the Jersey Shore but I'm not allowed to have any with the diet that I'm on. So everybody had it but me and I had some chicken franchaise. The diet was hard at first and can still be at times like this, but now I'm used to it and it's made a big difference in my game so I'm really glad I've stuck to it. I plan on continuing to do so even after I'm drafted.

One thing that's been hard with all my traveling is talking to my family. At this point I get to a city, go to the hotel and usually go to bed. Then the last 3-4 days, it's been wake up, work out and then you're gone to the next city. It's been tough but I try to call home about 2-3 times a week.

My mom then asks me all about the work out and how I did, stuff like that. She asks me what the city was like and if I liked it. My mom lives in Arizona and my dad lives in New Jersey, so I'm pretty well covered if I get drafted by teams on both sides of the country. During some of these workouts, I could see myself living in the cities. Others it's a little tougher. But I'll be happy wherever I wind up.

My last schedule had it so I was done with the workouts this Friday and I'd just be hanging around New York/New Jersey until the Draft on Wednesday. But we'll see what happens. I might have to go on a couple more workouts. Right now, I can't wait to get my suit for the Draft. They're having a suit made and I got fitted for it out in L.A. about a month ago. It looks good, although I don't entirely remember what it looks like.

There's one week left before the Draft and I'm really excited. It's a dream come true, especially to have it so close to my home in New Jersey. I think it's really going to be a special day. See you in New York!


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