Q&A with Calvin Murphy: Broadcasting his style

When it comes to stylin' and profiling, Calvin Murphy isn't alone. There are several NBA broadcasters who wear stylish clothes, such as New York Knicks broadcaster and Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier.

While Frazier dominates the East Coast with his wardrobe, Murphy, a Hall of Famer in his own right, brings a Texas flavor to his fashion statements.

Murphy, 68, is taking his fashion sense to the next level -- his own line comes out next year. After a 13-year career, Murphy is considered one of the great point guards in Houston Rockets history. He averaged 17.9 points, is second in franchise history in career points (17,949) and is tops in assists (4,402).

But enough about his career. Let's talk about clothes.

ESPN: Tell me about the thought process to wearing clothes.

Murphy: Every outfit that I have has a pair of shoes that goes with it. I asked Heid [Hadi Elbanma] what we should wear. He is my clothes man. He says 'Murph I got some new clothes for you. I got some new flavor for you and you got to come check it out, now.' Believe it or not, there's some flavor I say, 'Oh hell no.'

ESPN: You wear stylish clothes from bright colors to silk and cotton fabrics to stripes. What's the next big suit coming up?

Murphy: Right now, on Dec. 12 is Calvin Murphy Day, and it's also the 50th anniversary of the Rockets. So that means I'm coming out that night looking like a drum major in solid gold from head to toe. When they hand out the bobblehead dolls, I'm going to sign all the bobblehead dolls they want me to sign in this gold outfit.

ESPN: Where does this style come from?

Murphy: Growing up poor, I never had a lot of clothes. When I went to college (Niagara), I went with two pairs of pants, three white shirts, red and black sweater with black patches on the sleeves and a grey blazer. That's all I had in my wardrobe that I could take to school. When I got to college, I started [to] accumulate a few pieces here and there.

When I dress, I feel good about myself, so that started it all. You never had anything, you turn pro, you get money, you go crazy. Then the good fortune for me, I go to the pros and I started wearing different pieces and people started giving me their impression of what I was wearing -- "ooh" and "aah," those types of things. Met Hadi Elbanma in Houston -- West Oaks Mall -- went in one day wearing this long suit. His clothes had a different flavor and we struck up a friendship, and we struck up a deal.

ESPN: Who dresses like you in the NBA?

Murphy: Of course, there are three or four different people around the NBA noted for their clothes. The most noted is our boy [Craig] Sager. He has one flavor. I want to make sure my flavor is different from his. I don't want it to be a copycat effect.

ESPN: What's Sager's flavor?

Murphy: Believe it or not, he's more flamboyant with his.

ESPN: What's yours?

Murphy: Mine is about mood. I wear louder colors; his print is different. My clothes are kind of out there at times ... my man, Clyde, he was the originator, with the Rolls Royce and the furs and that type of stuff. That's a New York thing.

ESPN: What's the Houston thing?

Murphy: I'm the Houston thing. I'm the Houston thing. It's so funny because people started to take hold to this. At first, it was a joke to people anytime something is new, and everything is perception. People started to say, "That man is crazy." All of a sudden, I started seeing people wearing my flavor. I get a lot of teenagers, going to the proms [they] come to the store wanting the Calvin Murphy flavor.

ESPN: What do you think of the current flavor of today's NBA players?

Murphy: In the league, [James] Harden wears different [clothes], [Kevin] Durant wears skinny jeans. I don't like any of that, that's the hip hop generation. They talk about me and they got clothes so tight they been sprayed on. That's not my flavor.

ESPN: You don't like Russell Westbrook's fashion?

Murphy: Once again, that's hip hop generation. I wouldn't wear it. I would look ridiculous. It's bad enough the criticism I get for wearing suits that are different print and different color. My flavor is different, my body isn't made to wear those pants that are so tight -- I'd look like a 68-year-old fool. It looks good on Westbrook and James Harden, and then [Chandler] Parsons started to wear jeans rolled up.

ESPN: Chandler wears European style, right?

Murphy: Absolutely. Not every culture can wear what I wear.

ESPN: When you go to church and charity events, what's your style?

Murphy: Plain black, plain grey, white shirt and tie. I'm going to serve the Lord and I'm not going to be a star. I'm going to get the Word. People are disappointed because they want to take a picture of me.

ESPN: The suit is like a second attraction.

Murphy: That's right. I can't begin to tell you how many people want to take pictures of me in my clothes. When I come to the Toyota Center, I got to dash because everybody wants to take a picture with me -- they don't care about me, they care about my clothes. On average when I get to a game, around 5:30, I'm talking [to] 15 people lining up to get into the game. [They] see me [and] want to take my picture. That doesn't count when I walk around the arena and people are watching the game and want to take a picture with me. I'm in the entertainment business, no matter how I feel. I have to take that picture.

ESPN: Do you have a grandson who wants to dress like you?

Murphy: His name is C3. Calvin Murphy the third. I am his hero. I have a blanket on my bed with my three grandsons. C3 wants to be Calvin Murphy No. 1. His personality is second to none. He's asked Hadi to dress him like granddad.