Q&A: Get to Know Shay Murphy
"I wanted to play for Sandy [Brondello] because I've heard so many great things about her and believe that she would continue to help me develop as a player." -- Shay Murphy
The addition of Shay Murphy to the 2014 roster gives the Mercury another ball handler and playmaker that is versatile enough to play multiple positions.
Most importantly, though, Murphy is known as a great teammate.
Find out how excited Murphy is to join the Mercury in our Q&A below – Ed.
Related: Press Release | Shay Murphy Photos
PhoenixMercury.com: Welcome to Phoenix! What were some of the reasons you wanted to sign with the Mercury?
Shay Murphy: I wanted to play for Sandy [Brondello] because I've heard so many great things about her and believe that she would continue to help me develop as a player.
And, of course, who wouldn't want to play with the greatest player of all-time, Diana Taurasi?
PhoenixMercury.com: How would you describe your game for Mercury fans? How do you feel your game fits with this team?
Murphy: I am a very energetic player with a blue-collar mentality, willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win. It may be defending, rebounding or scoring on any given night.
I am a team-first type of player.
PhoenixMercury.com: How excited are you to join this year’s talented Mercury team?
Murphy: I've played with many great players before such as Tamika Catchings, Katie Douglas, Lauren Jackson, Maya Moore, Swin Cash, and Sylvia Fowles. Each of them has taught me something that has helped me become the player I am today.
I am really excited for the opportunity to play with this Mercury group. I have no doubt they will make me better as a player and a person; it's an honor to learn from them.
PhoenixMercury.com: As a competitor, you’ve faced the Mercury for many years. What kind of reputation does the organization have around the league?
Murphy: The Mercury is definitely known as up-tempo and fast. But more than anything for their scrappy mentality. That’s something I hope I can bring to the team, too.
PhoenixMercury.com: We spoke with a few of your previous teammates and each has said one of your greatest strengths is being team-oriented and easy to get along with. Has that been a conscious decision for you as a pro?
Murphy: Thanks to all my teammates in the past for that compliment! I attribute being a great teammate to having a humble spirit on and off the court. I am just so happy every day to play basketball at the highest level. So, why wouldn’t I be happy and a positive teammate?
I'm blessed to even be a part of the league. I just hope my positive energy and gratefulness will spread and help the team in some way.
PhoenixMercury.com: Let’s do some rapid fire, get-to-know-you questions. What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Murphy: Graduating from the University of Southern California.
PhoenixMercury.com: When you decide to retire, what type of player do you want to be remembered for?
Murphy: I'd like to be remembered as a hard worker, an energetic player and a great teammate.
PhoenixMercury.com: Favorite movie?
Murphy: The Lion King.
PhoenixMercury.com: Do you have a go-to song you listen to before games?
Murphy: I listen to Christian soft rock before games.
PhoenixMercury.com: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Murphy: Brazil. I love the diverse culture and the beaches
PhoenixMercury.com: What player on the Mercury are you looking forward to playing with?
Murphy: Diana Taurasi.
PhoenixMercury.com: What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Murphy: Go to the beach.
PhoenixMercury.com: Best advice you’ve ever received?
Murphy: Believe in yourself and never give up.
PhoenixMercury.com: What is something Mercury fans would be surprised to know about you?
Murphy: I own two snowboards and enjoy snowboarding.