When Murray would get fouled, he’d immediately seek out revenge, not being content to let the call stand as punishment.
“He liked to fight,” Lind said. “If somebody fouled him, he had to get them back. … So I said, ‘Man, you ain’t no basketball player, you’re a football player. That way if somebody hits you, you get to hit them back.”
Lind quickly talked his brother into letting the youngster play football. Kenneth Jr. blossomed in that sport, and it didn’t take long for him to want to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.
An unofficial visit to West Virginia, though, soured those dreams.
“West Virginia had a chance to get Kenny and they chose not to recruit him,” Lind said. “I remember telling the coach up here that he was either going to play for them or play for somebody else against them.
“I figured they should’ve at least given him a shot or at least a little better look than what they did. … But I figured wherever he was meant to play, he’s meant to play and he’ll carve out his own legacy at Oklahoma.”
Last year, Kenneth Jr. helped the Sooners beat West Virginia at home. This year, he’ll try to do it in Morgantown, where his uncle relocated about a year ago.
The Murray family was already in Morgantown on Tuesday, preparing for Thanksgiving at Lind’s house before watching Kenneth Jr. play the next night.