Many of us, myself included aren't big fans of Troy Murphy, but I found this article from 4 years ago, yes it is 4 years old from the 2003 SI NBA preview issue and I thought it was worth posting here.
Considered a tweener when the Warriors drafted him out of ND, Troy Murphy thrived at power forward last year. Here is why
1) Acknowledge your weekness After averaging just 5.9 points and 3.9 rebounds as a 228-pound rookie. Murphyy realized he needed to get bigger and stronger. So in the summer of 2002 Golden State Strength and conditioning coach Mark Grabow put him on a weekday program of weight lifting each morning, basketball skills in the afternon and two nights of interval sprinting. "It was so intense for the first week that after lifting I couldn't raise my arms to put shampoo on my head," Murphy says. Yet he returned everyday. "He would throw up," says Grabow, "and 5 seconds later he'd be back on the court as if nothing had happened."
2) Listen to Talk Radio "I'd turn it on in June and hear people say that we're terrible, or that I wasn't going to play in my second year after I hardly played as a rookie," says Murphy, "I loved it. It got me fired up."
3) Assert Yourself Having packed on 17 pounds of muscle before the start of his second season, Murphy barged into the paint seeking revenge on all the hulks who'd pushed him around. "The first month be got banged up pretty good," Grabow says, "He played one night with a slight concussion." But Murphy proved to have remarkable staying power, starting 79 games and joining Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, JO, and Brain Grant as the only players to average a double double (11.7 pts and 10.2 rebs) last season.
4) Maintain your intensity Murphy was also the only player to improve both his scoring and rebounding by at least 5.0 per game from the previous season. That's because he learned to stay focused on his conditioning and performance. Every day he ate five or six meals that are high in protein and carbs, abstaining from fast food and ice cream. He also watched film with thre assistant coaches to study tendencies, rested on games days and was the first Warrior at the arena.
5) Accept new Challenges In his 15 years with the Warriors, Grabow ranks Muprhy and the maniacal Chris Mullen as his two hardest workers. Realizing that Murphy has a chance to be a special player, coach Musselman asked him last summer to work on extending his shooting range beyond 17 feet. Murphy began shooting 200 to 300 treys daily and before training camp he was knocking down 43 or 50 in drills. "I think he can show as much improvement this year as he showed last year," says Musselman, who envisions Murphy - a No. 14 pick who was expected to be little more than a solid back-up - as a dominating player.
6) Never be satisfied Though he has exceeded expections in all areas, Murphy believes he is only starting to realize his potential. "I'm faster, I'm bigger and my skills are better," says Murphy, who weighs 248 this year. "But I'm sure I'll realize things that I need to improve on. Then next summer I'll get to work on them."
That is it from the 2003 SI NBA preview issue.
I just hope he's working like that this summer. Also thought it would be nice to read something really positive about Troy Murphy and I know for a fact a few of you really became big fans of Murphy after his second season in the league.