SALT LAKE CITY -- He went to get donuts but Utah Jazz guard Kevin Murphy wound up helping with a much more important delivery.
The rookie, who scored 18 points in Saturday's team scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena, showed up at Jazz training camp last week but didn't stay long. Sent to go fetch donuts for his veteran teammates last Tuesday, he got word his wife, Shekedra, had gone into labor with the couple's first child. He was immediately dispatched to the airport and sent back to his home in Atlanta.
"It's four hours, I was praying the baby didn't come while I was on the flight," he said. "It worked out pretty good."
Indeed it did. Kevin Sr. arrived in time to be with Shekedra as he gave birth to Kevin Jr. After a day with wife and baby, the new daddy headed back to Utah and has been showing well during camp.
On Saturday he hit five 3-pointers as the Jazz's White Team topped its Blue Team, 62-58.
"It felt pretty good to get out there and just play in front of the fans, give the fans a good show," he said afterward.
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said he likes what he's seen from Murphy, 22, who played four seasons at Tennessee Tech. He also noted Murphy's time in rookie camp and summer league has helped his development.
"Tonight was a great indication of the summer league," he said. "He was in the right spots, he can really shoot the ball if he gets his feet set and he's going to continue to get better as he gets comfortable with this system."
Last week's events were history making for the Murphy family but they understandably threw Kevin Sr. out of his comfort zone.
Shekedra's due date was Oct. 8 so the couple felt - or at least hoped - Kevin had time to go through training camp. However, while out doing his rookie duty of brining donuts for the team, he got an excited phone call saying otherwise.
"She called me and said her water just broke (and asked) 'Can you come now,'" he explained. "I called (Jazz officials) and they got me a flight there."
"It was a beautiful and ugly scene, all at the same time," Murphy added, knowing he was a few thousand miles out of Shekeda's earshot.
Veteran point guard Earl Watson said some rookies will do anything to get out of making the morning donut run.
"That sounds a little too good to be true," he joked. "He's a smart rookie though, he says the right thing. I give him credit for that."
Murphy is fitting in well with his new teammates, who made him have a "dance off" with second-year man Enes Kanter prior to Saturday's scrimmage.
Murphy was more than adequate on the dance floor but Kanter, who lost more than 50 pounds over the offseason, stole the show.
A year ago Kanter, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 draft, missed a great deal of training due to the lockout. Then only 19, he was shy and unsure of himself once camp finally began.
This season the native of Turkey is leaner, stronger and much more self-assured. He was too afraid to dance last year but on Saturday he couldn't wait to get out on the floor.
He even briefly lifted up his jersey to give the crowd of more than 6,000 a glimpse of his six-pack abs.
He said before the scrimmage teammates Jamaal Tinsley and Mo Williams showed him a YouTube video of someone doing "the worm" and said he needed to perform that dance for the crowd.
"That was the first time I danced, the first time," he said with a shrug. "I tried."
Generally, Kanter was happy with his effort. His teammates? Not so much.
"Terrible, the worst worm I've ever seen," said Derrick Favors.
In other words, it was a beautiful and ugly scene, all at the same time.