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Ralph Sampson
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Basketball Player
    (July 7, 1960- )
    Born in Harrisonburg, Virginia
    Number one NBA draft pick(1983)
    Played for the Houston Rockets (1983-88), Golden State Warriors (1988-89), Sacramento Kings (1989-91) and Washington Bullets (1991-92)
    Rookie of the Year (1984)
    All-Star Game MVP (1985)
    Height: 7'4
    His career was cut short by knee injuries.
    Wilt Chamberlain called him 'My number one pick for biggest waste of ability.'
    He was ejected from Game 5 of the 1986 NBA Finals for taking a swing at Celtics guard Jerry Sichting.
    He was found liable for $300,000 in unpaid child support.
    He pled guilty to mail fraud and was sentenced to two months in jail (September 7, 2006).
    He followed Bill Walton as the second person to be named College Player of the Year three times (1981-83).
    Red Auerbach said he had the quickness, intelligence and reactions to be another Bill Russell.
    He and Hakeem Olajuwon formed the Rockets' 'Twin Towers.'
    In Game 5 of the 1986 Western Conference finals, he launched a twisting turnaround jumpshot at the last second for a 114-112 win over the Lakers.

Credit: C. Fishel

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