Rockets Matt Bullard: You did not want Calvin Murphy as your roommate

Houston Rockets Calvin Murphy (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets Dwight Howard, Clyde Drexler, Ralph Sampson, Calvin Murphy, Hakeem Olajuwon, Yao Ming and John Lucas (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Murphy’s uniqueness on and off the court

Murphy averaged 17.9 points and 4.4 assists, and he’s left his mark on the Rockets’ record books. Murphy’s 57 points were the Rockets single-game scoring record for nearly 40 years before James Harden came along and crushed it during the 2018-19 season.

Murphy currently ranks second in assists, behind only James Harden, and second in steals and points, behind only Hakeem Olajuwon. But for as dominant and impressive as he was on the court, he was more known for his personality and his unique character off the court.

Murphy’s life post-retirement has given us a glimpse of that, as he’s now become known for his unpredictable fashion choices. Regardless of the Rockets’ opponent, one of the biggest storylines for each game is always regarding what suit he’s wearing.

We’ve seen Murphy wear colors that many wouldn’t even want to physically touch, and his wardrobe would even impress Jeff Green, as it wouldn’t be surprising if he owns a pair of orange pants, like Green. He’d also make good friends with Austin Rivers, who once spent $7,000 on a Tom Ford blazer, as Murphy’s suit collection surely carries a hefty price tag.

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