Tony Snell out of New Mexico was Chicago’s first-round pick, at No. 20-overall, in the 2013 NBA Draft. However, when he and second-rounder Erik Murphy were introduced by the team and with their jerseys, it was the 6-foot-10, 240-plus pound Murphy the Bulls were excited about – er, at least one Bulls star was excited about.
Center Joakim Noah was apparently thrilled to have a fellow Florida Gators alum joining the Second City’s squad. The two were texting like crazy until Noah just got so pumped he had to vocalize it.
“Finally, he called me and we were both pretty fired up,” Murphy told the Chicago Tribune by phone from his native Rhode Island. “He was more fired up, but we were both pretty happy.”
Murphy, obviously, is excited to be joining both Noah and now Snell in Chicago.
“[Noah] says nothing but good things about the Bulls,” Murphy said. “They obviously have great players, a great coach and great history. It’s an honor to be selected by them.”
If Murphy’s career works out anywhere nearly as well as Noah’s has, the Bulls may have to continue digging players out of The Swamp on draft days.