More often than not, Tottenham fans are used to hearing nothing but praise for the organization from current and former players, so it’s always surprising when someone starts talking up and making unfounded or misleading comments. Stephen Jackson and Robert Horry are the usual suspects who’ve learned to ignore them, but a new member may be joining the bitter former Tottenham club: Dejounte Murray.
As recently as April 2022, there probably weren’t any Tottenham fans who would have guessed that Murray had a problem with the club. Expected to be a lottery pick, nearly every team passed him before the Spurs selected him for the 29th overall pick in 2016. Considering they were still championship contenders and had two of the Big Three plus a healthy, Kawhi Leonard (or so That (we thought), it came as no surprise to fans that Murray had to wait his turn, just like most other rookies before him under Gregg Popovich.
But it wouldn’t take long for him to break through the roof, as he claimed the start the following season after Tony Parker tore his hamstring in the 2017 playoffs. Murray started the 2017-18 season as a starter for the Spurs and later won back for good after Parker’s return but he never recovered. its previous level. Unfortunately, Murray himself will miss the entire 2018-19 season after tearing his ACL before the start of the season, but Spurs showed their confidence and offered him a nice contract extension despite him only playing in 119 games and starting 56. All-Star ranks by 2018 2022.
It all sounds like one good story and another case of Tottenham developing a player into a superstar, but Murray doesn’t seem to see things that way. Or is he? in Recent interview On the All smoke The podcast, hosted by none other than the infamous Stephen Jackson (and Matt Barnes), Murray had some words about his rookie season, and Spurs fans were divided on his actual intentions.
He’s definitely bitter that he couldn’t beat Parker and Patty Mills (briefly, Nico Labravitola) on the depth chart for his rookie season, and who knows what “mind games” he’s referring to. He then admits that the Spurs realized his improvements in the second year and handed him the reins, but then, apparently, took a new detour to berate the Spurs, criticizing Parker for not “guiding” him and upsetting him when Bob declared Murray the starter from here on out. He also seems to have some pride in having played a part in Parker leaving for Charlotte.
In public, Parker was courtesy of Murray at the time and agreed that he had been given the position. However, does Murray expect Parker to be happy that he lost the job he held for 17 years? This will not make anyone in any industry happy. Of course, Parker is another divisive topic for fans, as he’s not exactly clean-cut to his teammates’ image, but also seems to be often misunderstood, such as how Uncle misunderstood his comments comparing his injury to Leonard’s. Dennis and the media.
Regardless, responses across Spurs Twitter — even within the ranks of Pounding the Rock — were divided. Some see Murray as telling it like it is and has no intention of criticizing Tottenham, others see it as a bitter, ungrateful ex-player who expects everything to be handed to him from day one.
Personally, I find myself caught in the middle. I can see both sides of the argument, and it should be noted that no organization is perfect, even Tottenham, but there are two big factors working against Murray in this situation. One is that it’s not the first time he’s sent mixed messages, another example is that he’s arguing with fans on social media and saying it will take 20 years for Tottenham to rebuild just hours after he sent a heartfelt thank you to the organization after it was traded (at his request) .
The other is his decision to make those comments to Jackson, who has a history of criticizing Tottenham for everything they’ve done for him on two separate occasions, when his career seemed to be on the fritz. Throughout the interview, Jackson appears to goad Murray with his critical comments. He also goes on Parker, He described him as a selfish player And he says he stopped Spurs from winning more trophies (which doesn’t really make sense, just like Hori said the same about Manu Ginobili). Perhaps most disturbingly, at some point Jackson went all Charles Barkley’s Fat women criticized in San Antonio, which Barnes pushes back as Murray laughs awkwardly.
I guess my conclusion is while I don’t think Murray means any harm, whether he realizes it or not, his social skills are lacking and at the very least, he tends to come across as bitter. I have no problem with players being honest, but if you’re going to criticize your former club (especially so soon and while you’re still an active player), be professional about it, and maybe pick a better platform than the ever-controversial Stephen Jackson.
Of course, this is a two-hour podcast, and he had other specific complementary things to say about Tottenham, like how Bob Tell him he’s an all-star And the joy he felt that day.
Dejounte Murray talks about the moment he made the NBA All-Star Team. Coach Bob called him back to the training facility to break the news, and the team/staff celebrated. His family was also happy at that moment, as he had recently lost his sister in a tragic murder.
— Carolina Teague (@carolinateague_) January 19, 2023
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