Q+A: Flip Murray
The NBA journeyman is trying to return to the League.
by Jake Fischer / @JakeLFischer
The last time we saw Ronald “Flip” Murray on an NBA court, he averaged 8.4 points in 19.4 minutes per game for the Chicago Bulls in the 2010 Playoffs. The Bulls fell 4-1 to LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers. Since, Flip, a native of Philadelphia and a Shaw University product has spent two years overseas, one in Turkey and another in the Ukraine.
This past weekend, Flip returned home to the City of Brotherly Love to compete in the AND 1 Summer Remix Tournament, a competition featuring 12 teams with a grand prize of $100,000 on the line that’s being hosted at Temple University. The guard, who made a name for himself as a confident shooter and bench scorer in the League, suited up for the Philly All City team that was coached by Chuck Ellis, a well-known athletic trainer in the Philadelphia area, and ran alongside several Philly basketball notables. Murray was joined by five Temple alumni—Mark Tyndale, Craig Williams, Dionte Christmas, Dustin Salisbery, Michael Eric and Mardy Collins—as well as Syracuse alum and Philly product Hakim Warrick.
After Murray helped lead the PAC to a 99-78 opening game, in which he dropped 21 points—all from deep—on Day 1, SLAM caught up with the NBA journeyman to talk about his goals for the rest of his playing career, the weekend’s festivities and his plans after he hangs up his sneakers.
SLAM: You had 21 today. Were you expecting to go out there and just drop buckets?
Flip Murray: Nah man, but I played good, that’s for sure. We have a lot of scorers on our team so we just have to go out there and play basketball and try to play it the right way for the most part. We just went out there and had fun.
SLAM: Where do you expect to be playing this winter?
FM: Well I got a deal to go to China, but I also got invited to go workout with Utah on Tuesday (September 3) to see if I get can into training camp and ultimately make the squad.
SLAM: Have you learned anything, maybe taken on a new perspective of the game after spending two years overseas?
FM: Not really, it’s just a little faster over there. The thing with them overseas is the tempo. They like to play with a high tempo and speed the game up a little bit. But again, at the end of the day it’s just basketball.
SLAM: What brings you out to the AND 1 Summer Remix?
FM: Chuck Ellis asked me if I wanted to play, so I said, Why not? It’s just another chance to get out there and get a couple of good runs in, you know?
SLAM: What are your plans for this weekend, back in your hometown of Philly?
FM: I’ll be playing this tournament right here this whole weekend and then I’m focusing on working out somewhere on Monday before I head to Utah on Tuesday.
SLAM: How many more years do you think you have left at the top of your game?
FM: I think have about two or three good years left in me. Wherever the ball takes me, that’s where I’ll go. But, probably not too many more years.
SLAM: Do you have any plans yet for when your playing days are over, or are you still focused on your career?
Flip: Oh, coaching for sure. I’ve always been interested in coaching basketball at the high school level, that’s what I really want to do.
SLAM: Do you have any specific schools you’re targeting?
Flip: I don’t know. I mean, wherever the opportunity presents itself, you know what I mean? But I’d lake to stay close to home, you know, anything in the Tri-State area, but where the opportunity comes from I’ll be more than willing to take the job.