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Standing 5 feet 11 inches, Fenwick & West associate John Platz was perhaps a few inches shy of greatness during his years as a Stanford University basketball player. But the lawyer — remembered as a “feisty little guy” on the court — has found a certain fame off the court by teaming with announcer Bob Murphy as a color commentator for Stanford Cardinals basketball games. Few people get to live the double life that Platz does three months of the year. When basketball season opens, Platz hears his calling over the rustling of corporate documents. “There’s a little alter ego maybe — a little twinge in some of us that there’s something else we’d like to do,” Murphy says. “In John’s case, he’s doing it.” A basketball junkie with a flair for start-up formation and venture capital financings, Platz was a reserve point guard for the Cardinal basketball team from 1982-84 as he pursued his undergraduate studies in economics. He met Murphy during his days on the court. It was Murphy who recalled Platz as “feisty” on the court, albeit a bit short. Nevertheless, he says Platz is a “veritable disciple of basketball” and a “basketball junkie” in the best sense. Despite his love for the game, Platz makes it clear he’s a lawyer first and foremost: Announcing “is how I get my balance.”

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