Excellence In Action

Updated: Aug 29, 2019

In the “Excellence In Action” feature, Murray Athletic Development acknowledges the accomplishments of those who have either trained directly with MAD, or who have trained with MAD Director John Murray during his career. Congratulations for the efforts as well as the accomplishments of all those acknowledged below!

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."

― Aristotle

Emily Rose Abueg has been accepted into the Ph.D. Physical Therapy Program at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland. Emily graduated from San Francisco State University in 2017 after earning a B.S. in kinesiology. After receiving her Ph.D., she he plans to pursue a career in physical therapy. She has been working with MAD as an intern for the past year, and her performance has been outstanding. Although we at MAD are thrilled about her success, we will be sorry to see her go.

Al Attles, The Destroyer,” who inspired both his N.B.A. teammates and players, and who struck fear in the hearts of opposing players both on the court and from the sidelines, will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of its 2019 Class. Attles has been with the Warriors for sixty years, the longest association of any player with an organization in professional sports, and during his career he brought the warriors much success. Before there was Draymond Green, he was Draymond Green squared playing in a league where Draymond’s style and temperament were the norm rather than the exception.

As a player, he and Wilt Chamberlain led the team to the 1964 Finals where they lost to Bill Russell and the Celtics. In 1967, Attles and a young Nate Thurmond led the team back to the N.B.A. Finals where they fell short again, this time to a Philadelphia 76ers’ Team led by Wilt. In 1969, Attles was named the Warriors’ Head Coach becoming only the second African-American head coach in N.B.A. history after Bill Russell, and in 1975, he guided the Rick Barry-led Warriors to the NBA Championship over the heavily favored Washington Bullets.

After the 1983 season, Attles stepped down from his head coaching position to become the Warriors’ General Manager. To this day, he remains the longest-serving coach in Warriors history. Although no longer roaming the court or the sidelines for the Warriors, Attles also played a role in the team’s more recent successes with the “We Believe” and the “Splash Brothers/Hamptons Five” teams. During his tenure as the Golden State Warriors Director of Strength and Conditioning, MAD Director John Murray worked with Al Attles, and he considers it an honor, a privilege, and his good fortune to have had the opportunity to get to know the greatest Warrior of all time.

Aisling Doherty graduated with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland this past December, and is currently enrolled in the physical therapy program at Northern Arizona University where she plans to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree by the end of this year. After completing her internship with MAD, she served an additional five week internship with Active Care in San Francisco as part of her Masters degree program. Within the field of Physical Therapy, there are several areas in which Aisling would like to specialize; however, she believes that a few years of general practice would be best when starting out in order to establish a solid base of knowledge. Aisling would love to return to the Bay Area and start her career within an orthopedic outpatient setting.

Phil Handy has returned to the N.B.A. postseason again, this time as an Assistant Coach for the Toronto Raptors. In the first round of this year’s N.B.A. Playoffs, the Raptors dispensed with the Orlando Magic in just five games. Toronto will take on the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. No stranger to N.B.A. postseason play, as the Cleveland Cavaliers Director of Player Development, Coach Handy accompanied the Cavs to the last four N.B.A. Finals, tasting victory in 2016. MAD Director John Murray first met Coach Handy when Murray was consulting for Skyline Junior College Men’s Basketball Team of which young Phil was a member. Murray went on to coach him throughout Handy’s professional basketball career in the N.B.A. and Europe. Sharing similar coaching philosophies, since Handy’s retirement from professional basketball in 2000, the two have collaborated on many coaching ventures. Coach Handy has developed a reputation as one of the best skill development coaches in the NBA. credited with the development of the games of such N.B.A. luminaries as LeBron, Kobe, and Kyrie, to name a few.

Anam McCartney, age 12 and a member of the Glens Evolution 07 Team, has been training with MAD since February of this year. As a goalkeeper for her Glens’ team, she has been participating in the MAD/Glens Goalkeeping Academy Program which is a holistic training regimen with exercises designed specifically to develop the athleticism, skills, and mental acuity specific to the demands of the goalkeeping position. Anam has approached her training with energy and enthusiasm, and has gained 70 lbs. of strength since her first session with MAD. Anam had to miss a week of training to vacation with her family. Upon her return, she said she enjoyed her trip, but she really missed her workouts.

Sidney Moncrief has been selected for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of its 2019 class. Nicknamed “Sid the Squid,” “Sir Sid,” and “El Sid,” Moncrief went on to play 11 seasons in the N.B.A., including ten seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. He was a five-time N.B.A. All-Star and won the first two N.B.A. Defensive Player of the Year awards in 1983 and 1984. Although he was a legitimate offensive threat, Moncrief may have been best known for his unrelenting defensive play. Michael Jordan once told the Los Angeles Times, "When you play against Moncrief, you're in for a night of all-around basketball. He'll hound you everywhere you go, both ends of the court. You just expect it." MAD Director John Murray worked with and got to know Sidney Moncrief when Murray was the Golden State Warriors Director of Strength and Conditioning and Moncrief was an Assistant Coach on Coach Don Nelson’s staff and coached the Warriors Summer League Team.

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