Canadian guard Jamal Murray doesn’t mind being branded NBA villain
TORONTO—IN the dying seconds of Jamal Murray’s historic 48-point game last month, the Denver Nuggets guard launched up a long shot in an attempt to score 50 with the game already well in hand — a flippant move that went against basketball’s unwritten code, according to Kyrie Irving.
The Boston point guard responded in anger, grabbing the ball after Murray’s missed shot and hurling it 100 feet up into the stands.
Less than three seasons into his NBA career, the 21-yearold Murray has been branded a villain, and is doing his best to shed that all-canadiansare-nice-guys notion — on the basketball court at least.
“It’s weird because they call Canadians soft and they always harp on that, and now they call me evil. Pick one, you can’t have both, man,” Murray said with a laugh. “I just go out there and compete. I love to challenge people. You get to see who the
“I JUST GO OUT THERE AND COMPETE.” Jamal Murray
real people are when you challenge people, they take it with grain of salt and challenge you back or they just get frustrated.”
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