Rockets legend Calvin Murphy returns to offer more reflections and insight
HOUSTON - I’ve only had the pleasure of interviewing Calvin Murphy twice but he’s already become one of my favorite sports figures to converse with.
For those who remember him as a player or, post-playing days, as a broadcaster, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Murphy is just as he seems on TV and radio: bright, eloquent, engaging and opinionated – in other words, essentially everything an interviewer would hope for from an interviewee.
Murphy is not afraid to tackle certain subjects head-on and he certainly won’t shy away from a good debate. Ask him for his thoughts on the best teams and players of all-time – as I did – and you’re likely to get some eyebrow-raising answers (Jerry West a better wing defender than Scottie Pippen? The ’73 Knicks better than the ’96 Bulls?) but that’s part of what makes sports so much fun, right? We get to banter back and forth about our opinions and allegiances, and the process, though superficially divisive, frequently ends up being one of the best bonding experiences there is.
Ultimately, that’s what it’s like to chat with Calvin Murphy about the game. And the fact he has such a deep reservoir of basketball experience from which to draw and does so with the gusto and enthusiasm of a born entertainer simply provides the icing on the conversational cake.
So here’s hoping you enjoy the entirety of this interview half as much as I enjoyed conducting it. If you’re a fan of the game, its history or merely the man himself, you most certainly will.