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Jamal Murray & Dad have 'Special' Moment; Recap of everything they said

"I made Kentucky my second home to Canada." - Jamal Murray.

The big 'special' announcement UK held on Friday turned out to be Jamal Murray declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft, but it was so much more than that.

'Special' is a great way to describe the scene today as Murray and his father shared a special moment and reflected on their journey to this point.

Here is a replay of the announcement, which included Murray's dad talking about what a special journey it's been watching his son grow up and become a star basketball player.

And here's a recap of everything Murray and his father, Roger, had to say.

"At first my mom, dad and I made a goal to get a good university. All my life we’ve been working for the best schools to take a look at me. When I first committed to Kentucky, it was the biggest moment of my life, being able to hug my dad and all my family members behind me as we took the next step. I came here with a goal to improve myself and I did. I cherished every moment I was on the court.

"I made Kentucky my second home to Canada. Coach Cal and the staff told me that I would have to work hard every day and that they would demand the best of me. I’m thankful for how much they’ve pushed me to become a better player, teammate and person."

On how much thought he gave to returning for a second year
"It's one of those things where it's in the moment, after a loss you want to get back on the court and try to change everything you did wrong. But that's not the case. You just gotta move on and learn from it, learn from your mistakes and all your bad decisions. That's what I did and my dad and I, and my whole family, coaching staff and everyone back home, just made a decision that I should go into the draft."

On if he's watched the rest of the NCAA Tournament
"No, no, I turned it off. I haven't watched a single second of the tournament. I'm just focusing on my future right now and taking care of my family."

On if maybe knowing it was his last game after the loss to Indiana made it more emotional
"I just want to play again. That's a habit when you go on the court, play with your teammates and the guys that you love. We had so much fun during the season and we learned a lot. But it's just one of those things where you wish you could go back and rewind the moments and the game and try to change it. We just have to move on, all of us."

On some people thinking that staying longer than one year is a negative, and if that impacted his decision
"No, you don't know their side of it, their story, how they grew up or what they went through. You never know. Every person is different. Every freshman is different. We all come from different places, like our team. I don't speak for anybody else, but for me this is the best decision I can make."

On where he is in the process of hiring an agent
"I haven't talked to my dad about it. Right now I have no clue. We're going to talk about it in a few days from now."

On what his position is in the NBA
"It depends on what team and what organization I go to. I don't know much about it. I'm capable of playing both. I played point guard for all my life, came here and played 2-guard. Played different positions on defense. I'm versatile, just try to fit in wherever I can."

On his advice to the rest of the team and their decisions
"Just go have fun. Go do your thing, but listen to Coach Cal and the coaching staff. They only want the best for you, and everybody wants the best for you. Just keep working and know that you can be in line just like everyone else."

On if he got everything out of this season that he wanted
"I mean, yeah. It's hard to say that when you don't win. You think about winning so much, the loss kind of fluctuates with your mind sometimes, and it did for a while. I'm back on track. Just thinking about how far I came, the records I broke and we have some great guys coming in that can do the same. We're just happy for Kentucky. We're pretty good right now."

On him playing more point guard at Kentucky
"It's hard when you have a 5-(foot)-9 point guard and a 6-foot-3 guard. We just all accepted our roles. Tyler (Ulis) did a great job of handling the team and running the show, so we had trust in him and Isaiah (Briscoe) too. We were fine this season."

On what that process of changing to a new position was like
"It was difficult at first, just to play off the ball so much and not have the ball in your hands. It's difficult to get in a rhythm when you're not hitting shots, but I found ways to do that, and I played with a lot more energy than I normally do, and passion. I had so much fun interacting with the fans and my teammates even during the game."

On what he thinks the future holds for Tyler Ulis
"Whatever he does - if he enters the draft, he'll be fine. Everybody takes a year or so to get comfortable and stuff like that. If he comes back, he's just going to break his own records. He's only getting better. He's only improving for himself. Whatever decision he makes is going to be a good one."

On if he watches much NBA
"Not much, no. I'm the different, weird guy who doesn't watch TV."

On how much different the NBA game is than the college game
"Well, they play 82 games, we play 40 at the most, so it's a lot longer season, you get to spend more time with guys. There's much more behind the scenes than on the court what we see. I'm going to go in and enjoy and try to make the most of myself."

On what the moment on the stage with his dad was like
"Just weird, nervous. Being able to see 19 years of dedication, hard work pay off and have my dad sit beside me and my teammates in the back. It was a lot."

On how his dad "annoyed" him
"So many ways (laughter). Just going on the court in the hot sun, or doing pushups in the cold, or making me rake up the leaves. That only got my hands better and my hands stronger. A lot of little stuff that his kung fu side, I didn't understand at first and I understand now."

On his necklace
"It's like a moon stone. It holds empowerment, grounding and energy."

On when he thought Jamal would have a chance to go to the NBA
"He used to play little league, the YBA, and I was coaching that little league, just little kids, and he was always playing against older kids. And for some reason the older kids could never guard him and he practiced so much that he was so advanced. It was more the smile he had on his face.

"At one point I had to tell him to stop smiling so much on the court. It's like falling in love on the court every single time he was on the court. Night and day we'd be at it. Late at night we'd be at it, even as a kid. I never used to put him too much in basketball, like organized basketball, because I wanted him to train more than play.

"We'd train, train and then put him into organized basketball to see where his development is at. With that said, we always tested waters to see where he was at and then pull him back out again. He just kept on getting better and better. Last-minute shots, last-second shots and he just started hitting shots, 40, 50 in a row.

"He had a stage where he looked like Iverson and then he looks like Vince Carter and he looks like Jordan and he kept going. We just study the game psychologically and mentally tough, how he sees the game and basically put his love in the game. And from there, he wants to be the best player to ever live.

"But that sets the bar high, so he put in the work and he understands what it takes to get better and take on the challenge. That's the good thing: He always wants to get better. His work ethic in basketball is phenomenal and it's good when you have a goal, also. If you don't have a goal—he has a goal and that's what drives him."

On Jamal becoming the face of Canadian basketball
"It means, again—when you put in the work on something and you see the results, it's always a good feeling, right? One morning he got up and he said, ‘I had a dream,' and he said, ‘They were calling Jamal Murray, playing for Canada.' And it was a happy moment for him having that dream. In the Jordan Brand Classic, like oh my goodness. ‘Jamal Murray, playing for Canada' in just the exact way. He grew up and his experience has taught him that if you put the work in, if you dedicate yourself, then you achieve your goals. Or you come close to (them). That's what's been happening. We're living it for 19 years now. We're just going at it, basically."

On Jamal's competitive edge
"I challenge him. I challenge him. We're like best friends. We wrestle. We talk about this energy you need to have in life if you want to achieve certain goals. I was in Kung Fu and that thinking helps you to overcome and just be tough mentally and just don't put blocks in front you. So mentally, it's going to be scary when he becomes a man. Because he understands what it takes to be tough. He's a tough guy. He's a tough guy."

On what the experience at Kentucky did for Jamal Murray's career
"Experience of just being at college. Being amongst his peers, having that time to grow as a young man and make his own decisions. Coach Cal is like a second father for all the kids, and he challenges the kids to get through that. You can't take this back, a school like this. It's for life. He plans to come back to pursue an education and all that. It's like a second home for him, as he said. This experience is exactly what he needed. He went the exact way. He won a championship, that was the reason why - he's very competitive, he put his heart and soul into games. When he loses, he's devastated for moment, but he bounces back very quick. He knows what it is. But it's been a life experience for him and a great experience for him. If we had to do it all over again, we'd do the same exact thing. So it's been good for him."

On where Jamal gets his height
"Stop man, stop. (laughter) That's the first question you ask, stop. I mean, my dad passed, but he was pretty tall. You get your height from your mom, not your dad. You get your height from your mom. It jumps, right? Height jumps. Can we move on now? (laughter)"

On hugging his son
"When you put in sweat, blood and tears, and you hope for the best, it worked out. Words can't explain that. It can't. I wouldn't even try. It was a good moment between us, he knew the reason why. It's just been awesome. Life is awesome sometimes. This was one of the moments where it was awesome. He put a lot of work to get here and to achieve his goals. I know what I put him through in trying to learn and trying to be a young man and trying g to be respectful of himself and his peers. It was something he can carry for life and carry on through his kids. So I think I did my job. (laughter)"

On what point this season did he realize Jamal's goals were going to be achieved
"We talk all the time about getting better on the court. So when you make mistakes, it's for him to learn. So we use that as a way to keep him going because he did it before, and adjustments had to be made at times. My concern was just that if he had enough time to make an adjustment, and he did. I been watching him play all his life, so I knew he would adjust. I was just hoping he would adjust at the right time on the court."

On his concern of the competition in Canada not bringing out the best in Jamal
"Yeah I had the concern, yeah. So I made sure that whatever moves we made, it was going to better him. That's why we went to prep school so he could travel to the states and play against guys. He just had to do his job so he could get invited to the stuff that all the good players are at and prove himself. And he's been doing that. So with that said, I knew he was ready for this competition."