About a month ago, the Miami Heat tempted former Wichita State player Toure Murry with an invitation to training camp. After much debate, Murry stuck with the team that stuck with him.
Murry, a 6-foot-5 guard, accepted an invitation to the New York Knicks training camp and will leave his hometown of Houston early next week. Training camp begins Sept. 30 in Greenburgh, N.Y. He knows the Knicks will go to camp with three veteran point guards — Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni and newcomer Beno Udrih. He sees that competition as an opportunity to learn.
“I felt like New York was the best situation for me,” Murry said. “They've been loyal and they've been after me. I know the coaching staff. I’m familiar with the players who are going to training camp.”
An offer from the two-time defending NBA champion Heat did force Murry to think and think again.
“It was hard,” he said. “I was thinking about it every day.”
Murry played for the Knicks in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and impressed team personnel ranging from coach Mike Woodson to former star Larry Johnson.
“He does everything,” Woodson said on NBA TV during the Summer League. “He can score. He sees the floor very well and he gets after it defensively.”
Murry averaged 7.6 points and 2.6 asssists in five Summer League games.