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Calvin Murphy (born May 9, 1948, in Norwalk, Connecticut) is a retired American professional basketball player who played as a guard for the NBA's Houston Rockets from 1970-1983. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and a former member of the Rockets' broadcast team. He is currently the host of ESPN Radio's "Calvin Murphy Show."[1] is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Norwalk is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... This article is about the sport. ... NBA redirects here. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ...



Before basketball Calvin Murphy was a world class baton twirler. He says that he was "bullied into it" as his mother and all six of his sisters were twisters.[2] As an 8th grader, in 1963, he won a national championship in baton twirling.[3] His reputation as a twirler earned him invitations to perform at major sporting events and the 1964 New York World's Fair.[4] In 1977, at the height of his basketball career, Murphy won the Texas State Men's Twirling Championship.[2] View of the New York Worlds Fair 1964/1965 as seen from the observation towers of the New York State pavilion. ...

He played basketball for Norwalk High School, where he was All-State three times and All-America twice. He is a member of the Connecticut Coaches Association Hall of Fame and a Connecticut Sportswriters Gold Key Award winner.[3] Norwalk High School's address is now 23 Calvin Murphy Rd. in honor of the player. Norwalk High School is a secondary school located in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. It is the oldest high school in Norwalk, created in 1902. ...

College (1967-1970)

He then attended Niagara University, where he was a four year letter winner, a two time consensus first team All-America (1969-70), and consensus second team All-America (1968). He scored 2,548 points in 77 games (33.1 points per game), which is fourth best in NCAA history. Niagara University is a Roman Catholic university in the Vincentian tradition, located in the Town of Lewiston in Niagara County, New York. ...

In 1970, he led Niagara to the NCAA tournament and advanced to the second round, where they lost to Villanova. During his career he was famous for being one of "The Three M's," along with Pete Maravich and Rick Mount, both of whom were NCAA Men's Division I Basketball All-Americans at the same time as Murphy. // Final four redirects here. ... Villanova University is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. ...

NBA (1970-1983)

Calvin Murphy was drafted by the San Diego Rockets (now the Houston Rockets) as the first pick in the second round (18th overall) of the 1970 NBA Draft. In his first season, Murphy was nominated to the NBA All-Rookie team. A diminutive (at 175 cm, 5 ft 9 in) guard, Murphy was known for his quickness and defensive ability. The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The 1970 NBA Draft is known for having one of the most talented pools in draft history. ...

Murphy was also one of the best free-throw shooters ever, setting the NBA record for most consecutive free throws made, as well as setting a record for the highest free throw percentage in 1980-1981. He set many impressive records within the Rockets organization, including that of all-time leading scorer until that record was broken in 1994 by Hakeem Olajuwon. The Rockets made it to the NBA Finals in 1981, losing to the Boston Celtics in six games. After retiring from the NBA in 1983, Calvin Murphy was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...

Personal life

Murphy was married to Vernetta Murphy, with whom he had two daughters and a son. In total, he has 14 illegitimate children by 9 women.[5] In 2004, Murphy was tried for sexual abusing 5 of his illegitimate children. When defending Murphy his lawyers argued that Murphy had been the long time director of Houston’s Marching Thunder Drill Team (a band and baton twirling group.) They pointed out that nobody outside of Murphy's extended family accused him of anything and insinuated that the allegations stemmed from a desire to get money from Murphy.[6] It took the jury less than two hours to acquit Murphy of all charges. Shortly after the verdict was announced, the Houston Rockets ended their 35 year relationship with Murphy.

Post-NBA life

After retirement, Calvin Murphy continued to work for the Rockets organization in numerous roles, but publicly he was most well-known for being the television analyst for Rockets games.

In 2007, the Houston ESPN radio affliate hired Calvin Murphy to host "The Calvin Murphy Show." As the host, Calvin Murphy has been actively campaigning for the Texas Southern University women's basketball coaching position.[7] On September 2007 broadcast of his show, Calvin Murphy was being critical of a basketball player who had been caught using his real name at a house of prostitution. His co-host asked him what the player should have done, and Murphy responded that the athlete should have been smart enough to use an alias. The co-host asked Calvin what he would have used, and Calvin immediately responded with "Mojo Turner." Since then, many callers and his co-host call Calvin "Mojo Turner." Texas Southern University is one of the largest historically black universities in the USA. Located in Houston, Texas, the university was established on March 3, 1947 by the Texas Legislature and it was initially named Texas State University for Negroes. ...

Calvin Murphy also works with current NBA players, primarily with their shooting. According to Murphy, in an effort to improve its image, the NBA has instituted a "mentoring" program. The mentoring program connects a young NBA player with a retired player. The retired player is to help the young star avoid the pitfalls and traps that can beset NBA players. As part of this mentoring program, Murphy will be on the cover of the November 2007 edition of Sports Illustrated. On his October 25th episode of "The Calvin Murphy Show," he announced that he will be Nate Robinson's mentor. He believes that he was paired with Robinson because like Murphy both are short for basketball players and thus have "attitude."[8] Nate Robinson jump over Spud Webb in the 2006 Slam Dunk Contest Nathaniel Cornelius Nate Robinson (born May 31, 1984, in Seattle, Washington) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the New York Knicks of the NBA. Robinson is one of the shortest players in the league, listed...

Statistics and accomplishments

  • Height: 5'9"
  • Inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.
  • Jersey #23 retired by the Houston Rockets.
  • Free Throw Percentage, All-Time - Tied for 3rd, 3445 of 3864 (89.2%)
  • NBA Record: Highest Free Throw Percentage in a Season - 206 of 215 (95.8%) in 1980-1
  • Consecutive Free Throws Made - 4th, 78 (December 27, 1980 - February 28, 1981)
  • NBA All-Rookie Team: 1971
  • NBA All-Star Team: 1979
  • Games played; 1,022
  • Career points: 17,949 (17.9 points per game)
  • Career steals: 1,165
  • Career assists: 4,402 (4.4 apg)
  • Career high points: 57 (against San Antonio Spurs, 1981)
  • 1000-point seasons: 11

Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (362nd in leap years). ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


  1. ^ 97.5 The Ticket's Summary of the Calvin Murphy Show
  2. ^ a b [Untitled news brief in Time Magazine] August 15, 1977. Accessed 10/26/07
  3. ^ a b NBA Biography Accessed 10/25/07
  4. ^ Yantz, Tom. [105 points, for those keeping score] Hartford Courant. accessed 10/26/07
  5. ^ "Sexual assault trial begins for Calvin Murphy", USA Today, November 5, 2004. Retrieved on 2007-08-30. 
  6. ^ Andrew Tilghman, Murphy’s Large Family Tree Falls Under Scrutiny At Trial Houston Chronicle, Nov. 6
  7. ^ Texas Southern fires coach SI.com Posted 7/19/07 Accessed 8/16/07
  8. ^ Calvin Murphy. "The Calvin Murphy Show" on Houston's 97.5 The Ticket. October 25, 2007

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External links

  • Calvin Murphy's ClutchFans.net Profile - Houston Rocket Fan Site
  • NBA.com: Calvin Murphy Bio - Murphy's NBA bio
  • Video of Calvin Murphy demonstrating how baton twirling helps with basketball.



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