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A 10-year dream finally became a reality for Doc and Mary Murphy when they officially became professional basketball team owners. Their team, the Plano Mighty Kings, will be the amalgamation of the Murphys’ two greatest passions: basketball and business.

Doc and his wife Mary have their hands in a lot of things. Ministry. Education. Publishing. To the mere mortal, expanding into professional team ownership seems like a hefty undertaking. But the Murphys talk about this endeavor with a calm, assured confidence.

“We’re just combining years of experience through the churches and the business we started,” Doc said.

Back in 2007, Doc first told Mary about his idea to own a basketball team.

“I knew I couldn’t play, not professionally, but I would love to own a team,” he said. “I figured I’ll own the team and we’ll give some other guys a chance and open up some realities for some guys that have dreams to play professionally.”

Unfortunately, investment prices were too high. Still, he and Mary never forgot.

“We just kept the dream alive for all of these years,” he said.

That year, they had their first foray into team management when Doc led the Longview Mighty Kings to a local recreation basketball championship. It was just a recreation team, but still, they made it different than every other team, Mary said.

And from that experience, Doc and Mary learned team ownership was within their abilities. “What I saw was that it was possible,” he said. “We were able to build a great team with the best talent around, so we saw that we could pull in talent.”

With basketball on the backburner, Doc and Mary nursed their business passion by Mary’s educational tutoring service; Creative Apostle, a book publishing business; as well as planting three churches – The Place Church of Longview, North City Church of Plano and the newest addition D3 Church of Oklahoma City.

All the while, Doc routinely checked the American Basketball Association (ABA) website for the right moment, until the investment was in reach. A $20,000 investment later, he and Mary are the owners of the Plano Mighty Kings.

Doc said he felt attached to the ABA because of its long legacy of providing athletes with a chance to play professionally.

“The reason why I like the ABA is because it was the league of Dr. J, Rick Barry and a lot of those guys. It has such a great history. When I found them, I thought it would be a great opportunity to hook up with them and be a part of that history,” he said.

For many athletes, the ABA can be a steppingstone to play in the D League, play overseas, or possibly get scouted by the NBA. So starting in November, the Plano Mighty Kings will be in the Southwest Conference, playing fellow ABA teams in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Laredo.


Doc claims ministry as his passion and profession, and he plans to use his leadership skills from behind the pulpit and apply them to the court.

“I’m big on leadership. Being a minister, it’s not just preaching on Sundays. You’re leading a staff. You’re doing staff meetings. You’re doing leadership meetings and training with teams to become leaders. I’m going to bring that over to the team,” he said.

“I want my team to always have the mindset and the attitude that ‘we’re winners and we’re victorious in everything that we do.’ And I want that to be their mindset and character on the court and off the court. In life we’re victorious.”

Even when they lose, he said he never wants his team to lose that confidence and know that they’re winners. He wants a team environment of positive energy and swagger so every team can see they’re different.

“We want to go in the league and have that expectation. I don’t care who you’re facing. We’re going to overcome this giant and we’re going to win this game,” he said.

What’s next

Between now and the start of the season – Nov. 5 – the Murphys will be holding tryouts to find players, hiring a coach and attracting sponsors. They’ll be leaning on their family motto as a guide through the craziness ahead.

“When most people say Ready, Set, Go, he says, ‘go, you’ll get ready on the way, and once you get there everything will be set.’ So we live like that,” Mary said, laughing.

Balancing multiple businesses with their passion project will require lots of time management, Mary said, but they have not doubt they can do it all.

“We’re crowned in victory,” Doc said.
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