Shelby and Sandy Murphy are artists, USC Trojans — and brothers. The twosome live in Southern California painting bright canvases of cartoon characters, images, and sports teams and athletes they loved as kids.
Since the Murphy brothers began working together nearly 10 years ago, they have developed a large following and have been commissioned to paint for celebrities such as Zac Efron, Nick Cannon, and Sean Kingston . They have also had their art exhibited in cities across the world, from Paris to Dubai. They’ve been asked by collectors to paint athletes like LeBron James and Michael Jordan, and also to paint for teams, athletic venues, and a hospital.
SI Kids spoke with Shelby and Sandy about their art, their process, and what they hope their work achieves.
It’s been a rough season for the Los Angeles Lakers. Entering Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Lakers were 7-16 and their aging star, Kobe Bryant, was becoming… agitated with his team’s performance.
But Sunday gave LA and Kobe a moment to celebrate. In the second quarter of the Lakers-T’wolves game, Bryant hit a couple free throws to give him 32,293 career points, which pushed him past Michael Jordan as the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer.
Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player ever. LeBron James is making a run at that title. And in the first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs, Air Jordan and King James were on a collision course: the Jordan-owned Charlotte Bobcats faced LeBron's Miami Heat in the first round.
The series wasn't even close. The Heat defeated the Cats last night, 109-98, to sweep Charlotte out of the postseason. But fans at Time Warner Cable Arena got a nice consolation prize when Jordan and LeBron shared a moment together after the end of the game.
There’s no denying one of the most exciting parts of NBA All-Star Weekend is the Slam Dunk Contest. Every year, fans across the country get to watch the league’s best dunkers perform jaw-dropping reverse jams, windmills, and tomahawk slams on the league’s biggest stage.
This year’s high-flying throw-down competition takes place tonight and will feature Washington Wizards point guard John Wall. While Wall is tight-lipped about what we can expect from his dunk performance this weekend, he did share his all-time favorite dunkers.
Everyday this week, we're fantasy casting one athlete’s (not-yet-in-production) movie. (Why? Because Kurt Warner is getting a movie, that's why!)
We've already cast The Legend of Tim Tebow, Gold-Medal Summer: The Michael Phelps Story, Danica, and Sid the Kid. Today we present our final fantasy casting session: The Reign of King James!
We’ve got a lot to get to in a busy week in the NBA. The Lakers and Nets are down, the Clippers and Knicks are up, the Spurs are, as always, the steady Spurs and the Heat are outstanding. But we wanted to have a little bit of fun with this week’s Hoophead by starting with a question from a reader…
Reader Questions of the Week
Do you think LeBron James can beat Michael Jordan in a slam dunk contest?
On Wednesday, Reebok announced that they would be re-releasing the Question shoe in the white/blue colorway on October 5. Since the shoe was originally released during Allen Iverson's NBA rookie season in 1996-97 (before most SI Kids readers were born), a brief history lesson may be required here. First, there was a basketball player named Allen Iverson.