Ralph Sampson
American basketball player
Ralph Sampson
Ralph Lee Sampson, Jr. is a retired American college and professional basketball player. A 7-foot-4 phenom, three-time College Player of the Year, and No. 1 pick in the 1983 NBA Draft, Sampson brought heavy expectations with him to the NBA. The NBA Rookie of the Year, Sampson averaged 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds for his first three seasons with the Houston Rockets before injuries began to take their toll.
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Catch 'Em While They're Here: College Basketball's Top Freshmen
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It's not that college basketball hasn't seen talented crops of freshmen through the years: There was the famed class of 1979-80, which featured Isiah Thomas, Ralph Sampson, Dominique Wilkins and James Worthy. Two years later, along came Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin. And yet the 2013-14 class might be even better -- certainly the most hyped -- as headlined by Kansas' Andrew Wiggins, who has been billed by some as the next LeBron James. Gone are the days when teams laden with seniors ruled college basketball in March. Kentucky features a record six McDonald's All-Americans this season, including Julius Randle, who could very well be the top overall pick in June's draft. As with anyone this early in his career, current performance is no guarantee of future results, but here are the other top freshmen already making names for themselves. Email me at jordan.schultz@huffingtonpost.com or ask me questions about anything sports-related at @Schultz_Report and follow me o ...
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Weekend update: Fred and Ted show to fill KILT late-night hole, J.J. Watt featured on ESPN2 show Monday night with Hannah Storm
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Assorted odds and ends for a weekend afternoon: – Barry Warner’s late-night slot on KILT (610 AM) will be filled during football season by Fred David and Ted Johnson, whose nighttime show will be pushed later into the evening behind the team-controlled “Texans Radio” broadcasts. KILT will have Monday and Thursday night NFL game broadcasts, so Davis and Johnson will work until midnight Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. – The General, John McClain, is embarking on his 29th year on local radio. He will appear five times weekly on KILT at 8:30 a.m. Mondays, 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. Fridays and 45 minutes before kickoff on game days. – Looking ahead to next week, Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt will be among the players profiled on “NFL Face to Face with Hannah Storm” at 6 p.m. Monday on ESPN2. Other subjects include 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. – The Dallas Cowboys are back on Hou ...
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'Rocket Man'
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
HOUSTON (AP) — Dwight Howard has a new team and catchy new nickname. "He's not Superman anymore. He's Rocket Man now," longtime Rockets broadcaster Bill Worrell said Saturday as he introduced the team's major free agent acquisition. As Howard took the stage and greeted several Houston officials including owner Leslie Alexander and coach Kevin McHale, a couple of his new teammates playfully repeated his new moniker — 'Rocket Man, Rocket Man' — and were met with a huge, toothy smile from Howard. "It means a lot to me just to have a fresh start and have an opportunity to write my own story," Howard said. "I don't think people understood the fact that I got traded to L.A., and now I had a chance to really choose my own destiny, and this is the place where I chose and I'm happy about it." The Rockets gave him a four-year deal worth about $88 million, a year less and far below the $118 million the Lakers could have offe ...
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Amog - almost 5 years
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The Pecos Kid
ABQ Journal - almost 5 years
Cindy Roybal will enter the Naismith Hall of Fame as a member of the Redheads How did a girl from Pecos who had never played organized basketball wind up on the floor of Madison Square Garden, squaring off against men well before the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs? How did that same girl end up as one of the most successful prep coaches in New Mexico history, even though the thought of attending college didn’t even cross her mind when she graduated from Pecos High in 1971? And how did a natural brunette come to enter the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a redhead? Cindy Roybal still isn’t entirely sure. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think a kid from a small town like Pecos could be part of the Naismith,” Roybal said. “It’s unbelievable. It really blows my mind.” Roybal, 59, will enter the Hall of Fame on Sept. 7 in Springfield, Mass. Inductees include five-time NBA all-star Reggie Miller; three-time NCAA player of ...
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Wednesday: I know it’s a day early, but…
Roanoke.com - almost 5 years
Phil and Tiger are among the favorites to claim another green jacket. …LET’S GO AHEAD AND TALK ABOUT THE MASTERS. We’ll start with your odds to win: Tiger Woods +500 Rory McIlroy +600 Phil Mickelson +1000 Luke Donald +1400 Lee Westwood +2000 Hunter Mahan +2800 Adam Scott +3300 Justin Rose +3300 Keegan Bradley +3300 Charl Schwartzel +4000 Jason Day +4000 Bubba Watson +5000 Martin Kaymer +5000 Nick Watney +5000 Sergio Garcia +5000 Steve Stricker +5000 Webb Simpson +5000 Graeme McDowell +6600 KJ Choi +6600 Louis Oosthuizen +6600 Matt Kuchar +6600 Angel Cabrera +8000 Bill Haas +8000 Will Bo Van Pelt be interviewed by Scott Van Pelt after scoring at 80-to-1 this week? Bo Van Pelt +8000 Brandt Snedeker +8000 Geoff Ogilvy +8000 Jim Furyk +8000 Kyle Stanley +8000 Padraig Harrington +8000 Aaron Baddeley +10000 Francesco Molinari +10000 Gary Woodland +10000 Ian Poulter +10000 Paul Casey +10000 Rickie Fowler +10000 Rober ...
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Ex-Warriors Jamaal Wilkes, Ralph Sampson join Don Nelson in basketball Hall of Fame
Contra Costa Times - almost 5 years
Former Warriors coach Don Nelson will be joined by the pair of former Warriors players in the 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, which was announced Monday
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Ralph Sampson Selected to Basketball Hall of Fame
NBC 29 - almost 5 years
Former UVa basketball star Ralph Sampson is one of 12 members selected for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.  He will be inducted during this year's enshrinement ceremonies in September.
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Ralph Sampson honored after HOF induction
USA Today - about 5 years
At halftime of Tuesday's game, the Cavalier fan base recognized Sampson's Hall of Fame induction with a standing ovation and a chorus of che ...
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UVA's Sampson Arrested in Georgia - Lost Lettermen
Google News - over 5 years
Former Virginia star Ralph Sampson was arrested Tuesday night and jailed for driving with a suspended license after being pinched for numerous traffic violations and failure to meet child support obligations, according to the Atlanta
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High hoops IQ characterized Celtics' title run in '86 - NBA.com
Google News - over 5 years
It was veterans against the rising and powerful young duo of Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon, who had their sights set on breaking into the elite class. But in the classroom, these Celtics were always the teachers. For all of the athleticism,
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Top 10 NBA Finals Individual Performers Ever - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
In Game 5 Ralph Sampson started a fight with a Celtic player and yet the Rockets won. Yet in Game 6 Bird and the Celtics won as the crowd booed Sampson every time he got the ball. This was the season that Jordan scored 49 and then 63 on the Celtics in
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Ralph Sampson arrested; spends night in Georgia jail - USA Today
Google News - over 5 years
Ralph Sampson was voted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in February, but Tuesday night he was just another jail occupant in Georgia. The 7-4 Sampson spent a night in the Gwinnett County jail because of ... -
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The 11th Annual Harold Pump Foundation Awards Gala - SportsPageMagazine.com
Google News - over 5 years
August 10, 2011) Ralph Sampson. (The 11th Harold Pump Foundation Gala, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Century City, CA. August 10, 2011) Award Honoree Jerry West. (The 11th Harold Pump Foundation Gala, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Century City, CA
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Sacramento Kings Undersized Point Guard Power Rankings - Sactown Royalty
Google News - over 5 years
Rode the Ralph Sampson wagon to a [very short] [no literally] NBA career. Adams was actually a brilliant late pick in the 1985 draft; unfortunately, he'd go on to success after leaving the Kings. (The Kings waived him midway through his rookie season;
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Jersey Sure, or How I Spent the Lockout of 2011, Episode No. 10 - Sactown Royalty
Google News - over 5 years
We should have known something was wrong when we traded for Ralph Sampson and he arrived encased in plastic...and with operating instructions. betweentheeyes: Rich Kelley. The only Kings player I was particularly happy to see at my first game at ARCO 1
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ralph Sampson
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    In June 2013, Sampson announced that he would not return as an assistant head coach.
    More Details Hide Details Sampson's son, Ralph Sampson III, played collegiate basketball for Minnesota. Sampson's younger son, Robert, transferred to Georgia Tech after playing his first three seasons (2010–2013) of college basketball for East Carolina University. Sampson also has two daughters: Rachel Lee Sampson, who graduated from Stanford University and works at ESPN, and Anna Aleize Sampson, a sophomore at Johns Creek High School.
  • 2012
    In October 2012, Sampson joined the Phoenix Suns' player development staff.
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    On April 2, 2012, Sampson was named a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's induction class of 2012.
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    In February 2012, Sampson was honored by Houston Rockets and fans as a member of the Decade Team of the 80s.
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  • 2011
    On November 22, 2011, Sampson was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    In 2006, he was sentenced to two months in prison for mail fraud associated with the purchase of an SUV.
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  • 2005
    In 2005, Sampson pleaded guilty to owing more than $300K in back child support for two children from different mothers in the Northern Virginia area.
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  • 2002
    In 2002, he was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team as one of the fifty best players in Atlantic Coast Conference history – one of only three Virginia Cavaliers so honored.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    In 1996, Sampson was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
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  • 1992
    Returning to the States, he spent the 1992–93 season as an assistant to head coach Lefty Driesell at James Madison University before coaching a minor league professional team in Richmond, Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details Reflecting back on his career and its three knee surgeries, Sampson admitted that he had attempted to come back too quickly from them, and said that he tried not to think about what could have been.
  • 1991
    Sampson played eight games for Unicaja Ronda of the Spanish League during the 1991–92 season.
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    Released by the Kings, Sampson played a 10-game stint with the Washington Bullets in 1991–92 before being waived.
    More Details Hide Details The player once predicted to be the greatest ever in the National Basketball Association, had played just 441 games in 10 NBA seasons, slightly more than half the 820 scheduled.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Sampson's injury issues continued in Sacramento as he totaled just 51 games in two seasons, averaging 4.2 and 3. points, respectively, in 1989–90 and 1990–91.
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  • 1988
    He averaged 6.4 points and 5. rebounds with Golden State in 1988–89 and was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Jim Petersen.
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  • 1986
    Injured halfway into the 1986–87 season, Sampson fell out of favor with Rockets Coach Bill Fitch and was traded, along with guard Steve Harris, to the Golden State Warriors for Eric "Sleepy" Floyd and Joe Barry Carroll.
    More Details Hide Details Sampson's knee and back troubles worsened, and he never played a full season in his four seasons with the Warriors.
  • 1985
    He and Olajuwon both played in the 1985 NBA All-Star Game, and Sampson, after scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, earned the game's MVP Award.
    More Details Hide Details The next season Houston won the Midwest Division with a 51–31 record. In the playoffs, the Rockets swept the Sacramento Kings, but faced a stiffer challenge against Alex English and the Denver Nuggets in the Conference Semi-Finals, eventually winning the series 4–2, with the sixth and deciding game going to double overtime. Against the defending champion Lakers in the Conference Finals, the Rockets were ready to knock off their rivals who had the best of them during the season. The Rockets lost game 1, but the Rockets fought back, winning four straight to take the series four games to one. In Game 5 of that series, Sampson provided one of the most memorable moments in NBA Playoff history. With the score tied at 112, Olajuwon having earlier been ejected, and with only one second remaining on the clock, Sampson took an inbounds pass and launched a twisting turnaround jumper that sailed through the hoop at the buzzer, giving the Rockets a 114-112 victory and a shocking series upset.
  • 1982
    Sampson considered leaving Virginia after his junior year and declaring for the 1982 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details The San Diego Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers would flip a coin to determine who would draft first overall, but the deadline for Sampson to make himself available came before the scheduled coin flip. Rather than risk playing for the Clippers, Sampson stayed in school. With his size and agility Sampson was expected to score like Wilt Chamberlain and win championships like Bill Russell when he reached the National Basketball Association. The Houston Rockets picked him first overall in the 1983 NBA draft. As a rookie he averaged 21. points and 11.1 rebounds, played in the All-Star Game, and won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. The Rockets managed only a 29–53 record in 1983–84 and again "earned" the right to pick first in the 1984 NBA draft, choosing Hakeem Olajuwon out of the University of Houston. Many observers criticized the Rockets' choice, believing the two 7-footers (known as the Twin Towers) would not be effective playing together, while others thought the combination could be overpowering. Sampson, playing a new style of power forward, had new expectations placed upon him. At the time, Dallas Mavericks Coach Dick Motta said, "That front line, when history is written, when they’ve grown up, might be the best ever assembled on one team. Ever." Houston guard John Lucas said of Sampson's move to forward, "He’ll revolutionize the game."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Playing center for the University of Virginia, he led the Cavaliers to an NIT title in 1980, an NCAA Final Four appearance in 1981 and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details He earned three Naismith Awards as the National Player of the Year, only the second athlete to do so (Bill Walton was the first), and a pair of Wooden Awards.
  • 1978
    He averaged nearly 30 points, 19 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots as a senior (after averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds as a sophomore, and 19 points and 17 rebounds as a junior), at Harrisonburg High, leading the team to state AA basketball championships in 1978 and 1979.
    More Details Hide Details His senior year he lost the high school player of the year award to another talented center, Sam Bowie. However, he did get a form of revenge against Bowie, outplaying him in the Capital Classic, getting 23 points and 21 rebounds with 4 blocks in a game styled "Battle of the Giants". Sampson was arguably the most heavily recruited college and professional basketball prospect of his generation, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated six times in a span of less than four years (December 17, 1979; December 1, 1980; March 30, 1981; November 29, 1982; December 20, 1982; and October 31, 1983).
  • OTHER
  • 1960
    Born on July 7, 1960.
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