Denver Nuggets star point guard Jamal Murray reminisced about his hometown of Kitchener during a media scrum Thursday night.
He goes up against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA's western conference final Friday at 9 p.m., but Murray says he still remembers time spent playing in and around the Stanley Park Community Centre.
"I was out playing at the court every day, not knowing that I would be in the western conference finals at 23 years old," he said.
Murray noted that being from Canada has often lead people to doubt his ability and it feels good to do well on the court and prove those people wrong.
He also had a message for any kids in Kitchener who had dreams of making it the the NBA like he did.
"I was a kid just like you guys," he said. "Orangeville helped a lot."
Murray initially went to high school at Grand River Collegiate Institute before transferring to Orangeville Prep, a basketball program that now attracts top tier talent from Canada and around the world.