Time Out With... Shay Murphy
After a stellar career at Southern Cal, Shay Murphy was selected by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round of the 2007 WNBA Draft. Now a rookie, the affable Murphy has been getting more and more playing time off the bench for first-year coach Don Zierden and the young Minnesota squad. Get to know Murphy a little better in the latest edition of "Time Out."
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  • How tall are you?
    What position do you play?
    Where are you from?
    "I was born and raised in Canoga Park, California. It's near the valley."
    Where do you live now?
    "The San Fernando Valley."
    What college did you attend?
    "Southern Cal."
    What did you study in school?
    "I majored in sociology with a minor in communications."
    How do you like Minnesota so far compared to SoCal?
    "Minnesota is beautiful. At least during the summer."
    Who has been a role model for you in basketball?
    "I have had a lot of great coaches in my life that have helped me so much. They were almost like father figures to me. Anywhere from my high school coach, that I really bonded with, to my club coach, all these coaches played a significant role. They get on me and they are tough but they are the first ones to give me love. I just think all of them have been role models for me."
    What do your parents do?
    "It is just my mom. She is a radio dispatcher."
    Do you have any siblings?
    "One younger brother, age 20. His name is George Daniel Murphy. He is a cool guy, a big teddy bear, a chubby boy. He attends Santa Monica College. He played football in high school. He is now going to school and he is actually a bouncer for a couple clubs of in Hollywood."
    When did you become interested in basketball?
    "When I was little, my mom made me choose between karate and basketball, and I was like 'I like the (basketball) uniforms better.' That was it."
    If you could play one-on-one against any other player or athlete, who would it be?
    "Kobe Bryant or Dirk Nowitzki. I love their game. I think they are amazing. I might be able to take them down (laughs) if they just gave me a little range to shoot. They're both really versatile players."
    Do you have any pregame superstitions or rituals?
    "After shoot-around, I take a nap immediately for two or three hours. I wake up shower, eat and then listen to music while I travel to the gym."
    Which other sports do you play?
    "Softball, track, a little football… and volleyball, of course. I am really good at football. I am OK at volleyball… I am just athletic. I am probably best at snowboarding."
    Do you have any hobbies or talents outside of basketball?
    "My vocals. Most people hate on them, though. I just have to record my first album and send it to all the haters out there. It would go multiplatinum (laughs)!"
    Who is your favorite musician/artist?
    "Janet Jackson and the great Mariah Carey. I know Mariah is in New York right now. We should meet up. I want to feature her on my album."
    What is the best song of all time?
    "Oooh, that's too hard... Because You Love Me, by Celine Dion. I need to go see her in Vegas."
    What is your favorite song to karaoke to?
    "I love the Spice Girls! Because there are five people in the group, I get to do all of them… I can be Sporty Spice and Posh at the same time: 'If you wannna be my lover...' "
    What is your favorite movie?
    "Rudy, Hoosiers and Prince of Egypt."
    What is your favorite television show?
    "Simple Life, Boy Meets World and Man vs. Wild."
    Who is your favorite actor?
    "Adam Sandler: He is pretty funny."
    Who is your favorite actress?
    "Jessica Biel."
    If you were not a basketball player, what would you be?
    "Probably recording music and touring."
    What is one surprising fact about you that not many people know?
    "I know how to surf."

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