” He became a mentor to me. He taught me a lot. What was said Dejounte Murrayduring the summer of 2018, about Tony Parker. The latter, a few days before this statement, just announced his departure from his team forever. The Frenchman’s signing for the Hornets sealed the transition, already underway, with Dejounte Murray as the Spurs’ starting point guard.
More than four years later, the current Hawks player’s speech has evolved nicely compared to his relationship with the former Spurs legend. Passing on the All the Smoke podcasthe remembered when he started passing Tony Parker up the hierarchy.
” The first year passed, they threw me in the deep end in the playoffs against the Rockets (Editor’s note: then against the Warriors, in the 2017 conference final, against whom he averaged 8 points). Then my second year, they see me coming back, getting stronger, getting better. This was the year I took Tony’s place “Describes Dejounte Murray, drafted in 2016 (29th pick).
The two leaders are invited to Gregg Popovich’s office. And the coach announced to the veteran that he will no longer be the No. 1 in the lead. We think that this meeting took place in January 2018, when Dejounte Murray was installed as a starter for good, a status that “TP” still enjoyed in the first months of the 2017/18 season.
According to his successor, at the time of the announcement, “ Tony didn’t like it. I know he didn’t like it. Hide that bro. I will love you for this. I know he didn’t like it. Because if he liked it, he framed me as it should be. He wouldn’t have gone to Charlotte. He would have stayed (in San Antonio). »
It is clear that this situation played into the Frenchman’s choice to leave Spurs. ” In the end, I just felt like the Hornets wanted me more. The Spurs made an offer but only for one year, and my role was uncertain. I want a real challenge. I don’t want to be a coach ahead of time “, he also declared at the time, in reference to his role as a mentor to Dejounte Murray and other young Texans.
“People don’t know what I went through there”
Aside from Tony Parker, Murray’s “sights” are now also in the spotlight…the Spurs franchise as a whole. The playmaker didn’t appreciate the way the Texans, at the start of his rookie season, took advantage of the competition at his position.
” They brought in an Argentinian playmaker (note: Nicolas Laprovittola, undrafted) who is close to Manu (Purchased) and who is playing in front of me. Notice that Tony is behind me, Patty (mills), but they play with my nervousness “, the All-Star was only entitled to 8 minutes of playing time that year, a handful less than Nicolas Laprovittola.
In establishing such a competition, Dejounte Murray considered that the Spurs tried to see if they could ” break They want you to destroy yourself. Too much. What they did to me, I don’t understand. People don’t know what I went through there. »
The 26-year-old recalled that he stayed there for six years, including a blank year. And his personal environment may have had an effect in the eyes of Spurs chiefs. ” They picked me up but they felt that things were spinning around me, coming from the ghetto. That I will succeed an entourage of 30 people smoking and drinking, articles about feuds, tarnishing their reputation for what they stand for as Spurs. I think that’s what they thought, but they didn’t say it “Judge Dejounte Murray.
We remember him repeatedly referring to his childhood on the streets of Seattle. “ If you think about the streets, about a street kid, working for his gang, surrounded by drugs and doing whatever he needs to do to make money, that’s what I do. “, he delivered in the past, adding to this entourage: “This is my life: playing basketball […] and be sure my brothers [en prison] those who make mistakes can eat well, live well and know that someone is thinking of them. »
Hence his determination to succeed in the Great League. “ Because of the things I have to go through. When (the Spurs) he saw that (himself) take a chance and that motherfucker is at the gym… They must have started kicking me out of the gym. When they said I had 24 hour access, I went every day. I know I’m not playing, so I’m like, ‘I’m lacing my shoes, going to the gym.’ Everyday. Of course I started to improve. »
On the verge of earning his first All-Star selection last season with San Antonio. But not to the point of proving himself to the Spurs who preferred to move him to Atlanta last summer.