Houston Rockets legends Murphy, Drexler receive awards

Calvin Murphy

Calvin Murphy

The Legends Brunch traditionally honors former NBA players and coaches who worked in, hail from or shared some other connection with the All-Star city each year.

This year, the 14th Annual NBA Legends Brunch saw over 1,500 retired players, their families and fans attending the event, which is hosted by the National Basketball Retired Players Association – a non-profit association comprised of former NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters players.

The flamboyant 5-foot-9 Calvin Murphy took the stage after a video montage of career highlights was shown on screens in the ballroom.

“Boy, I was good,” Murphy said, who received the “Pioneer Award” at the event.

The point guard from Niagara turned longtime Rockets broadcaster noted the difference in prestige that came with former NBA players no longer being referred to as “Old Timers” but rather “Legends.”

Murphy played in 1002 NBA games, averaging double figures in scoring in all of his seasons in the NBA. During his playing time he was one of the most accurate free-thrown shooters in the league.

Murphy averaged over 90 percent of shooting from free throw line in 6 NBA seasons. He led the NBA in free throw percentage twice, with 95 and 92 percent respectively in 80-81 and 82-83 seasons.

A 1979 NBA All-Star Murphy holds career averages of 17.9 ppg and 4.4 apg in 30.5 minutes of playing time.

Clyde Drexler

Clyde Drexler

Another Houston Rockets legend who was honored that night was Clyde “the Glyde” Drexler, who received the “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

Drexler, a 2004 Hall of Fame enshrinee and member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic “Dream Team,” grew up in Houston and gained initial fame teamed with Olajuwon in college on the “Phi Slamma Jamma” University of Houston team in the early 1980s. He returned to the city and to Olajuwon via trade in for the 1995 title run.

Drexler played in the NBA for 14 years, for Portland TrailBlazers and Houston Rockets.

Drexler appeared in 1086 NBA games (950 started), averaging 20.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 5.6 apg in 34.6 minutes on the court.


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