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Troy Murphy & Avery


Well, I guess we're going to see if Avery Johnson finally realizes that he has a player on his roster, namely Troy Murphy, who is a polished offensive player who can help him WIN games and actually helps his teammates play better, or if he continues to treat Murphy like a rookie or a journeyman instead of a 10-year starter who has AVERAGED double-doubles in 5 of his 10 seasons. As  pointed  out in my post of Dec 1 (C'mon Avery, Give Murphy A Chance), there's no reason to play Petro when you can use Favors as your second-string center along with Murphy at PF (if you're still determined to let Humphries start, despite his obvious offensive limitations). As Murphy said yesterday, when asked by some idiot reporter whether he felt good about being able to show what he can do( as if he had to prove himself like someone who had no track record), to which he rightfully replied, "I've been in the league 10 years; I know what I can do." The amount of DISRESPECT that Murphy has been shown by Avery is truly astounding, and the fact that he manages to keep his cool only points out what a consummate pro he really is. On a team that struggles as badly as it does on offense, if Johnson relegates Murphy to "I'll play you only if Petro and Favors get into foul trouble" status, then he's either crazy or has something against Murphy personally. And I don't care if you're going to trade him; as long as he's on the roster, use him because he CAN HELP YOU WIN GAMES and the fans deserve to see the best players on the floor. As a season ticket holder for 30+ years, I feel that management owes me at least that much.

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