Through the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27, former Florida Gators forward Erik Murphy, the team’s leading three-point shooter last season (.453), will be keeping you up-to-date on his Path to the Draft via a weekly blog entry here on OGGOA.
Murphy got in touch with OGGOA on Friday to discuss three more workouts he participated in over the last week. He has at least five more to go, possibly more, before the process concludes next week.
Picking back up from last time I checked in, last Friday I had a workout with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It followed the same format that most of the others did, but it was definitely the hardest one due to the length, intensity and the type of drills they had us running. The focus was mostly on skill work with some shooting at the end. What stood out the most from Cleveland was that it was the nicest facility I have been in so far.
After the workout, I met with Žydrūnas Ilgauskas – the Cavs’ assistant general manager – and other members of the front office. It was a good experience all-around; I definitely had a good experience there.
I got back to Las Vegas, NV, later on Friday and took Saturday off. [Editor’s Note: Murphy is training with Impact Basketball in Las Vegas.]
On Sunday and Monday, I did some light workouts, nothing too strenuous, because I found out I was flying to Portland, OR, Monday night for a workout with the Portland Trailblazers that was added to my schedule for Tuesday.
That was another good workout. There was plenty of one-and-one, two-on-two and three-on-three work. Each team has their own drills that they want to see players go through, but in the end, each workout is pretty similar. After we got done working on the court, we had a group meeting with the front office that was very conversational.
I actually bumped into Vernon Macklin while I was out there. I did not even know he was there, but he’s a free agent right now and working out in Portland for the next few weeks with some other free agents. We got to talk a bit when I got done with my workout, but I had to leave right away so we did not have the opportunity to hang out or grab dinner or anything like that.
It appeared as if I was going to have three workouts in a four-day span as I was scheduled to visit with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. That wound up getting canceled. I’m not sure if it is going to be made up over the next 10 days, but I am hoping to get out there and workout for the Clippers.
After the Portland visit concluded, I hopped on a plane for my Wednesday workout with the Houston Rockets. I’m sure some fans are wondering if I got to meet up with Chandler Parsons, but he is back in Orlando, FL. I had interviewed with Houston at the NBA Combine, so I was definitely familiar with the organization.
I got to Houston, TX, late Tuesday night, went to sleep and then got after it again on Wednesday. It was a quick turnaround, but I feel like I did well at the workout. I did not talk to Chandler leading up to my visit with the Rockets, but he had given me general pointers before the process began.
With the Los Angeles trip cancelled, I went back to Las Vegas after I was done in Houston and got back to training. It is nice to have a bit of a break because it is not realistic for me to be at my absolute best while taking so many visits in a row without a day off here and there.
I’ve been shooting the ball really well in workouts. The teams all know the game of each player that visits them but being able to show that I can fit within the confines of each of their systems has been one of my main focuses. My agent tells me he keeps getting positive feedback from teams, so that is definitely good.
There are at least five more workouts scheduled for me before this process comes to a close. My schedule keeps getting shifted around with visits being added and subtracted, so it is at the point where I really only know where I am going to be in a 48-hour span. Outside of that time frame, and even within that time frame, anything can happen. I’m happy to get on a plane and workout for any team that wants to see me.
That’s just all part of the process.