On November 17, 1984 in game against New Jersey, Short scored a career high 59 points. At the time, only 9 other players had scored more points in one game (Wilt Chamberlain doing it several times). After leaving the NBA in 1990, Short took a year off Basketball. In early 1991 he returned to play, this time in Israel for Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Short led the team to a successful season that ended in a 3-2 loss to arch rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Playoff Final series. He retired after the end of the season, in 1992.
Short was affectionately nicknamed "Rainbowman" because of the distinctive rainbow-like high arc of his jump shots.
Purvis is the younger brother of Gene Short, another former NBA player.