Former NBA guard: at the end of the day, it’s just basketball


ronald_flip_murrayThe last time we saw Ronald “Flip” Murray on an NBA court, he averaged 8.4 points in 19.4 minutes per game for the Chicago Bulls in the 2010 Playoffs. The Bulls fell 4-1 to LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers.

Since, Flip, a native of Philadelphia and a Shaw University product has spent two years overseas, one in Turkey and another in the Ukraine.

This past weekend, Flip returned home to the City of Brotherly Love to compete in the AND 1 Summer Remix Tournament, a competition featuring 12 teams with a grand prize of $100,000 on the line that’s being hosted at Temple University.  Below is an interview Murray gave to SLAM Magazine.

INTERVIEW

SLAM: Where do you expect to be playing this winter?

FM: Well I got a deal to go to China, but I also got invited to go workout with Utah on Tuesday (September 3) to see if I get can into training camp and ultimately make the squad.

SLAM: Have you learned anything, maybe taken on a new perspective of the game after spending two years overseas?

FM: Not really, it’s just a little faster over there. The thing with them overseas is the tempo. They like to play with a high tempo and speed the game up a little bit. But again, at the end of the day it’s just basketball.

SLAM: What brings you out to the AND 1 Summer Remix?

FM: Chuck Ellis asked me if I wanted to play, so I said, Why not? It’s just another chance to get out there and get a couple of good runs in, you know?

SLAM: How many more years do you think you have left at the top of your game?

FM: I think have about two or three good years left in me. Wherever the ball takes me, that’s where I’ll go. But, probably not too many more years.

SLAM: Do you have any plans yet for when your playing days are over, or are you still focused on your career?

Flip: Oh, coaching for sure. I’ve always been interested in coaching basketball at the high school level, that’s what I really want to do.

SLAM: Do you have any specific schools you’re targeting?

Flip: I don’t know. I mean, wherever the opportunity presents itself, you know what I mean? But I’d lake to stay close to home, you know, anything in the Tri-State area, but where the opportunity comes from I’ll be more than willing to take the job.

Murray spent 8 seasons in the NBA with Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls.

He averaged career best 12.4 ppg for Seattle back in 2003-04. Murray in total appeared in 487 NBA games, holding career averages of 9.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 2.3 apg in 22.7 mpg.

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