June 23, 2016
Throughout the draft process, Tracy Murray was a bundle of nerves as he sat in the green room waiting to have his named called.
Murray eventually was taken 18th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1992 draft. But seven days later, the former UCLA star was traded two times on the same day.
The Spurs sent him to the Milwaukee Bucks, who then shipped him to the Portland Trail Blazers.
“Man, it was the most nerve-racking couple of hours that I’ve ever had to go through. And quite frankly, I don’t want to ever do it again. (Laughing).
“It was the anticipation of knowing where you’re going. The teams you worked out with telling you certain things. I was projected between 10 and 20. So I went pretty much where I was supposed to go.
“But Houston had the 11th pick and they told me they were going to take me and they took Robert Horry. Then the Lakers and Clippers both said I was a local guy and they knew what I did, ‘So, we’re not going to let you pass us.’
“The Clippers took Randy Woods (at 16) and the Lakers took Anthony Peeler (at 15). Now I’m like, alright, everybody I worked out for, they passed on me. I don’t know where I’m going. So from pick 14 thru 17, I took a walk. I left the green room. I’m walking in the hallway because the nerves was killing me. It was just too much for me to sit there. I was the last one in the green room. Doug Christie went 17th to Seattle and then I went 18 to San Antonio, which I never worked out for San Antonio. It was just a bunch of weird stuff going on that day on draft day.
“On the morning of the draft, there was an article in the Oregonian on me and it was about how I had two hip surgeries instead of one. I had one hip surgery, not two. So when that came out in the Oregonian, I was like, ‘Oh, well, there goes my draft status.’ And then I go down to 18.
“When I was drafted by San Antonio, they told me don’t get too comfortable with the hat because ‘We think you’re going to be traded.’ So I’m going over rosters, trying to stay positive about the situation and I don’t know where I’m going.
“So, it was a hectic day. It was a day that was stressful. It was exciting. But my day was a rollercoaster.”