View Full Version : Rockets ax Murphy......for now

09-24-2004, 06:07 PM
Rockets searching for replacement for Murphy
ESPN.com (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=1888076)

Associated Press
HOUSTON -- NBA Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy will not broadcast Houston Rockets games this season.

Murphy was the Rockets' television analyst for 14 years until temporarily leaving the job in March after he was accused of sexually abusing five of his daughters more than 10 years ago.

He is free on bond and insists he is innocent, blaming the allegations on a family battle over money. His trial is set for Nov. 4.

Murphy could return the following season as a broadcaster if he's cleared of all charges, Rockets spokesman Nelson Luis said Friday.

"Right now we're in the same situation we were at the end of last year," Luis said. "No contract has been terminated. He's on paid indefinite leave for the rest of this season pending the outcome of his trial. The understanding has been to revisit this and see where we are once it's done."

The team was searching for a replacement for Murphy, whose ouster from the broadcast booth was first reported by KRIV-TV in Houston Thursday night. The station also said Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor is a leading candidate.

Murphy played for the Rockets from 1970 to 1983, averaging 17.9 points per game. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame 11 years ago and the Rockets retired his jersey number.

Charges were made against him March 29 and on July 1 he was indicted in six counts -- three of aggravated sexual assault and three of indecency with a child. He remains free on $20,000 bond.

"We feel that his energies need to be focused on dealing with his legal matters," said team vice president Tad Brown. "We appreciate all that he has done during his years as a player and broadcaster for the organization."

Murphy, who has 14 children by nine women, could be get five years to life in prison if convicted of the aggravated offenses and two to 20 years for the indecency violations. He also could be eligible for probation because he does not have a criminal history.

09-24-2004, 09:34 PM
And THAT'S the kind of slow offseason we're having i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif

10-01-2004, 11:57 AM
It can get slower. We can go back to talking about Nash's hair.

10-01-2004, 12:20 PM
Originally posted by: TripleDipping
It can get slower. We can go back to talking about Nash's hair.

Say it ain't sooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!