AZ State coach Bobby Hurley featured in ESPN film

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 0:15 AM

"I was thinking in terms of beginning our season and what it was going to take, whether it'd be a distraction or not."But the former Duke All-American point guard got over his initial concerns and thought the see back on his upbringing could be a excellent idea.

AZ State coach Bobby Hurley featured in ESPN film

Bobby Hurley says he was apprehensive about ESPN'south magazine indicate E:60 doing a documentary about his life, particularly with the time frame of the filming.

"Just in terms of access and commitment," the AZ State men'south basketball coach said. "I was thinking in terms of beginning our season and what it was going to take, whether it'd be a distraction or not."

But the former Duke All-American point guard got over his initial concerns and thought the see back on his upbringing could be a good idea.

The film, "Hurley," premieres Tuesday night on ESPN. A premiere of the film was held Monday night at took space Monday night at St. Peter'south Univ in Jersey City, with two hundred or so avid followers from Hurley'south hometown in attendance, including his father, Corridor of Fame coach Bob Hurley.

Jerry Walker, a teammate of Bobby Hurley'south at St. Anthony High School, where Bob Hurley has amassed twenty-eight NJ state championships including one last month.

The younger Hurley said he agreed to do the documentary because Jeremy Schaap was involved. The ESPN reporter wrote and narrated the film.

Schaap said he'south admired Hurley since his high school days.

"He came to my attention when I was in college and my father (the late Dick Schaap) told me that coach Mike Krzyzewski was excited because he just got the toughest guy he'd ever seen," Schaap said. "Here'south a life that'd so many ups and downs and so many challenges. We wanted to capture the richness and the texture of the Hurley story."

The film traces Hurley'south life through the tough days in Jersey City, playing for his demanding father, as well as his choice in the one thousand nine hundred ninety-three NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings a few months before he nearly died in a car crash. The film also touches on the trials and tribulations of his younger brother, Dan, who's currently the head coach at Rhode Island.

The story also traces Hurley'south post-NBA venture into thoroughbred horse racing, which failed, and his transition into college coaching. Hurley previously coached at Buffalo and just finished his first year at AZ State.

"It is beautiful humbling that they'd wish to do a film about my life," said Hurley. The doc includes other prominent people in his life love his parents, Krzyzewski, teammates and even two former mayors of Jersey City.

"I think my legend has been told many times in other venues," Hurley said. "Perhaps there are new chapters written lately with what I'm doing presently at Arizona State. But the majority of the piece is my upbringing, where I came from. I generally live in the moment, love what I'm doing right now."

"The ups and downs that he's endured makes the legend interesting. I think his willingness to examine his emotions," Schaap said. "Jersey City plays a large part. It'south a character. If you don't realize Jersey City, then you don't know Bobby Hurley."

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