HOF Rocket Ralph Sampson

Ralph Sampson
Ralph Sampson
1988: Center Ralph Sampson of the Golden State Warriors graps a rebound during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the Oakland Coliseum Arena in Oakland, California. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport
Warriors V Lakers
Warriors V Lakers
1989: Center Ralph Sampson of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball over Mark McNamara of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Mandatory Credit: Tim de Frisco /Allsport
Warriors V Lakers
Warriors V Lakers
1989: Center Ralph Sampson of the Golden State Warriors slam dunks the ball over Orlando Woolridge of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Mandatory Credit: Tim de Frisco /Allsport
Rockets V Lakers
Rockets V Lakers
1985: Center Ralph Sampson of the Houston Rockets tries to keep the ball away from forward Kurt Rambis of the Los Angeles Lakers (right) during a game at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Mandatory Credit: Allsport /Allsport
Pistons V Rockets
Pistons V Rockets
Undated: Center Ralph Sampson of the Houston Rockets (left) in action against center Bil Laimbeer of the Detroit Pistons during a game at The Summit in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Allsport /Allsport
Ralph Sampson
Ralph Sampson
Jan 1988: Center Ralph Sampson of the Golden State Warriors in action during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport
Rockets v Lakers
Rockets v Lakers
Center Ralph Sampson of the Houston Rockets puts off a shot against center Kareem Abdul--Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers in a game held at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
RALPH SAMPSON KINGS
RALPH SAMPSON KINGS
22 FEB 1992: RALPH SAMPSON, CENTER FOR THE SACRAMENTO KINGS, IN ACTION AGAINST SCOTTIE PIPPEN AND BILL CARTWRIGHT OF THE BULLS. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel/ALLSPORT
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
LOS ANGELES - 1987: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #33 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, California in 1987. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Patrick Ewing goes for a layup
Patrick Ewing goes for a layup
HOUSTON - 1987: Patrick Ewing #33 of the New York Knicks goes for a layup against Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets during an NBA game in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Bill Baptist/ NBAE/ Getty Images)
Sampson talks to the media
Sampson talks to the media
1986: Ralph Sampson of the Houston Rockets talks to the media during a 1986 NBA Playoff press conference. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
Sampson drives against Jabbar
Sampson drives against Jabbar
LOS ANGELES - 1985: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets drives during the 1985 NBA game against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers at the Forum in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2002 (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/ NBAE/ Getty Images)
Sampson battles for post position against Jabbar
Sampson battles for post position against Jabbar
LOS ANGELES - 1984: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets battles for post position during the 1984 NBA game against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers at the Forum in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2002 (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/ NBAE/ Getty Images)
Olajuwon & Sampson battle for the rebound
Olajuwon & Sampson battle for the rebound
LOS ANGELES - 1984: Ralph Sampson #50 and Hakeem Olajuwon #34 of the Houston Rockets battle for a rebound during the 1984 NBA game against Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers at the Forum in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2002 (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/ NBAE/ Getty Images)
Sampson takes a free throw
Sampson takes a free throw
1983: Ralph Sampson of the Virginia Cavaliers takes a foul shot during the 1983 NCAA game in Virginia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2002 (Photo by Noren Trotman/NBAE/Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson layup
Ralph Sampson layup
DALLAS - 1984: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket against the Dallas Mavericks at the Reunion Arena in 1984 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1984 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson guards
Ralph Sampson guards
1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets is guarded by Joe Barry Carroll #2 of the Golden State Warriors during a game in the1987-88 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson rests
Ralph Sampson rests
1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets looks on from the bench during a game in the1987-88 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson guards
Ralph Sampson guards
INGLEWOOD -1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets guards the ball from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #33 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game in the1987-88 season at the Forum in Inglewood, Califronia.. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Mike Powell/Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson rests
Ralph Sampson rests
1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets rests during a game in the1987-88 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson rests
Ralph Sampson rests
1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets rests on the bench during a game in the1987-88 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson advances the ball
Ralph Sampson advances the ball
1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets looks to advances the ball against the Golden State Warriors during a game in the1987-88 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson looks on
Ralph Sampson looks on
1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets looks on during a game in the1987-88 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson #50 shoots
Ralph Sampson #50 shoots
1988: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors shoots during an NBA game in the 1988-89 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Ralph Sampson #50 looks on
Ralph Sampson #50 looks on
1988: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors looks on during an NBA game in the 1988-89 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Tim DeFrisco/Getty Images
Ralph Sampson #50 dribbles
Ralph Sampson #50 dribbles
1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles in practice before an NBA game in the 1987-88 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Ralph Sampson #50 points
Ralph Sampson #50 points
1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors points down court during an NBA game in the 1987-88 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Ralph Sampson #50 shoots
Ralph Sampson #50 shoots
1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors makes a free throw during an NBA game in the 1987-88 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Ralph Sampson #50 drives
Ralph Sampson #50 drives
1989: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors drives around Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #33 of the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA game in the 1989-90 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
Ralph Sampson #50 points
Ralph Sampson #50 points
1989: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors points on the court during an NBA game in the 1989-90 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Ralph Sampson #50 walks
Ralph Sampson #50 walks
1989: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors walks on the court during an NBA game in the 1989-90 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Ralph Sampson #50 signals
Ralph Sampson #50 signals
1988: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors signals on the court during an NBA game in the 1988-89 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Ralph Sampson #50 rebounds
Ralph Sampson #50 rebounds
1988: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors rebounds during an NBA game in the 1988-89 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
1985 All-Star Game
1985 All-Star Game
INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 10: Julius Erving #6 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars looks to drive against Ralph Sampson #50 of the Western Conference All-Stars during the 1985 NBA All-Star game at the Market Square Arena on February 10, 1985 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kareem Abdul Jabbar Action Portrait
Kareem Abdul Jabbar Action Portrait
INGLEWOOD, CA - 1984: Kareem Abdul Jabbar #33 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a sky hook against the Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets during an NBA game circa 1984 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1984 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
LOS ANGELES - 1986 : Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket for a layup against the Los Angeles Lakers circa 1986 during an NBA game at the the Forum in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
HOUSTON - 1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets grabs a rebound against the Atlanta Hawks circa 1987 during an NBA game at the Summit in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist /NBAE via Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
LOS ANGELES - 1986: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets post up against Magic Johnson #32 of the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA game at the the Forum circa 1986 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
LOS ANGELES - 1986: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets goes up for a rebound against the Los Angeles Clippers during an NBA game at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena circa 1986 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson MVP Portrait
Ralph Sampson MVP Portrait
1985: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets hoists up the MVP Trophy as David Stern, right, looks on circa 1985. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Steve DiPaola/NBAE via Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
HOUSTON - 1985: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket for a layup against the Boston Celtics circa 1985 during an NBA game at the Summit in 1985 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
DALLAS - 1986: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket for a layup against the Dallas Mavericks during an NBA game at the Reunion Arena circa 1986 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon Game Portrait
Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon Game Portrait
1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets is calmed down by teammate Hakeem Olajuwon #34 during an NBA game circa 1987. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson Game Portrait
Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson Game Portrait
HOUSTON - 1984: Hakeem Olajuwon #34 and Ralph Sampson of the Houston Rockets during an NBA game at the Compaq Center circa 1984 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1984 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson Game Portrait
Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson Game Portrait
LOS ANGELES - 1986: Hakeem Olajuwon #34 and Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets eye the play during an NBA game against the Los Angeles Clippers circa 1986 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets
Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets
HOUSTON - 1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets dunks against the Sacramento Kings circa 1987 at The Summit in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Seattle Super Sonics vs. Houston Rockets
Seattle Super Sonics vs. Houston Rockets
HOUSTON - 1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets shoots over Tom Chambers of the Seattle Super Sonics circa 1987 at The Summit in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets
HOUSTON - 1986: Hakeem Olajuwon #34 and Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets sit on the bench during a game circa 1986 at The Summit in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets
HOUSTON - 1985: Ralph Sampson #50 and Hakeem Olajuwon #34 of the Houston Rockets walk upcourt during a 1985 NBA game at the Summit in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
LOS ANGELES - 1983: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #33 of the Los Angeles Lakers battle for position during an NBA game at the Forum circa 1983 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1983 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Larry Bird and Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
Larry Bird and Ralph Sampson Action Portrait
1986: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets posts up against Larry Bird #33 of the Boston Celtics during the 1986 NBA Finals circa 1986 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1985: Larry Bird #33 of the Boston Celtics defends Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets during a game in 1985 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Jim Cummins/NBAE via Getty Images)
1984 Slam Dunk Contest
1984 Slam Dunk Contest
DENVER - JANUARY 28: Front Row (L-R): Edgar Jones, Larry Nance, Ralph Sampson, Orlando Woolridge (Back Row (L-R) - Dominique Wilkins, Darrell Griffith, Julius Erving, Michael Cooper and Clyde Drexler pose for a portrait prior to the 1984 Slam Dunk Contest on January 28, 1984 at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1984 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
1984 Slam Dunk Contest
1984 Slam Dunk Contest
DENVER - JANUARY 28: Front Row (L-R) Edgar Jones, Larry Nance, Ralph Sampson, Orlando Woolridge, Back Row (L-R) Dominique Wilkins, Darrell Griffith, Julius Erving, Michael Cooper and Clyde Drexler pose for a portrait prior to the 1984 Slam Dunk Contest on January 28m 1984 at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
USA - 1984: Hakeem Olajuwon #34 and Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets pose for a 1984 photo. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1984 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
1983 NBA Draft
1983 NBA Draft
NEW YORK - JUNE 28: Ralph Sampson hold a Houston Rockets uniform after he was selected number one overall during the 1983 NBA Draft on June 28, 1883 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1983 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
1983 NBA Draft
1983 NBA Draft
NEW YORK - JUNE 28: Ralph Sampson poses for a portrait after he was selected number one overall during the 1983 NBA Draft on June 28, 1883 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1983 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
HOUSTON - 1986: Hakeem Olajuwon #34 and Ralph Sampson #33 of the Houston Rockets stand on the court during a game played in 1986 at the Summitt in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
INGLEWOOD, CA - 1986: Hakeem Olajuwon #34 and Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets block a shot attempt by Magic Johnson #32 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game played in 1986 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - JUNE 8: A fan holds a Ralph Sampson doll by a string of rope during Game Six of the 1986 NBA Finals between the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics at the Boston Garden on June 8, 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Rockets 114-97 and the series 4-2 to win the NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1986: Robert Parish #00 of the Boston Celtics guards Ralph Sampson # 50 of the Houston Rockets on shot attempt during an NBA game played in 1986 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1986: Kevin McHale #32 of the Boston Celtics shoots over Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets during an NBA game played in 1986 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1986: Robert Parish #0 of the Boston Celtics jumps center for the openng tip against Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets during a game played in 1986 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - JUNE 8: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets rebounds against Larry Bird #33 of the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the 1986 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden played on June 8, 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 114-97 to win the series 4-2 and the 1986 NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - JUNE 8: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets shoots a layup against Kevin McHale #32 of the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the 1986 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden played on June 8, 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 114-97 to win the series 4-2 and the 1986 NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - JUNE 8: Robert Parish #00 of the Boston Celtics shoots a jump shot against Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets in Game Six of the 1986 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden played on June 8, 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 114-97 to win the series 4-2 and the 1986 NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - JUNE 8: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets rebounds against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the 1986 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden played on June 8, 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 114-97 to win the series 4-2 and the 1986 NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - JUNE 8: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets shoots over Robert Parish #00 of the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the 1986 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden played on June 8, 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 114-97 to win the series 4-2 and the 1986 NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - JUNE 8: Kevin McHale #32 of the Boston Celtics shoots a layup against Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets in Game Six of the 1986 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden played on June 8, 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 114-97 to win the series 4-2 and the 1986 NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals Game 6: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - JUNE 8: Kevin McHale #32 of the Boston Celtics passes against Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets in Game Six of the 1986 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden played on June 8, 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 114-97 to win the series 4-2 and the 1986 NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1987: Robert Parish #00 of the Boston Celtics posts up against Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets during a game played in 1987 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
76 Classic - Day Three
76 Classic - Day Three
ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Derrick Roland #3 of Texas A&M tries for a lay up as Ralph Sampson III #50 of Minnesota defends during their 76 Classic game at Anaheim Convention Center on November 29, 2009 in Anaheim, California. Texas A&M defeated Minnesota 66-65. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1988: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors boxes out against Robert Parish #00 of the Boston Celtics during a game played in 1988 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1988 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1985: Ralph Sampson #50 and Rodney McCray #22 of the Houston Rockets boxes out Danny Ainge #44 of the Boston Celtics during a game played in 1985 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1985: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets shoots against Kevin McHale #32 of the Boston Celtics during a game played in 1985 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1985: Robert Parish #00 of the Boston Celtics shoots against Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets during a game played in 1985 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1985: Ralph Sampson #50 and Rodney McCray #22 of the Houston Rockets battle for the rebound against the Boston Celtics during a game played in 1985 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1985: Lionel Hollins #9, Ralph Sampson #50, Lewis Lloyd #32 and Hakeem Olajuwon #34 of the Houston Rockets walk against the Boston Celtics during a game played in 1985 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1985: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets passes against Danny AInge #44 of the Boston Celtics during a game played in 1985 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1985: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets rebounds against the Boston Celtics during a game played in 1985 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1985: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets shoots a jump shot against Kevin McHale #32 of the Boston Celtics during a game played in 1985 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1986: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets and Robert Parish #00 of the Boston Celtics battle for a jump ball during the 1986 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 4-2 to win the NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1986: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets shoots over Robert Parish #00 of the Boston Celtics during the 1986 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 4-2 to win the NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1986: Robert Parish #00 of the Boston Celtics looks to make a move against Ralph Sampson #50 and Hakeem Olajuwon #34 of the Houston Rockets during the 1986 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 4-2 to win the NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1986: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets shoots a layup against the Boston Celtics during the 1986 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 4-2 to win the NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1986: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets posts up against Larry Bird #33 of the Boston Celtics during the 1986 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 4-2 to win the NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1986: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets looks to make a move against the Boston Celtics during the 1986 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 4-2 to win the NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics
BOSTON - 1986: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets rebounds during the 1986 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 4-2 to win the NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Minnesota v Saint Joseph
Minnesota v Saint Joseph
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Former NBA player Ralph Sampson watches his son Ralph Sampson III #50 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers play against the St. Joseph's Hawks at Michael J. Hagan Arena on December 8, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
Minnesota v Saint Joseph
Minnesota v Saint Joseph
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Former NBA player Ralph Sampson watches his son Ralph Sampson III #50 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers play against the St. Joseph's Hawks at Michael J. Hagan Arena on December 8, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
Minnesota v Saint Joseph
Minnesota v Saint Joseph
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Former NBA player Ralph Sampson watches his son Ralph Sampson III #50 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers play against the St. Joseph's Hawks at Michael J. Hagan Arena on December 8, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trailblazers
Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trailblazers
PORTLAND, OR - 1985: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets walks to the bench against the Portland Trailblazers circa 1985 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets
PORTLAND, OR - 1985: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets posts up against Sam Bowie #30 of the Portland Trailblazers during a game played circa 1985 at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets
PORTLAND, OR - 1985: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets posts up against Sam Bowie #30 of the Portland Trailblazers circa 1985 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets
PORTLAND, OR - 1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets shoots against the Portland Trail Blazers during a game played at Memorial Coliseum in 1987 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets
PORTLAND, OR - CIRCA 1986: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets sits on the bench against the Portland Trailblazers at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon circa 1986. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets
PORTLAND, OR - CIRCA 1986: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets shoots a free throw against the Portland Trailblazers during a game played at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon circa 1986. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets
PORTLAND, OR - CIRCA 1986: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets stands against the Portland Trailblazers during a game played at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon circa 1986. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1986 NBAE (Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)
San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets
San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 1: Former NBA player Ralph Sampson of the Houston Rockets watches the game against the San Antonio Spurs on April 1, 2011 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trailblazers  vs. Houston Rockets
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets
PORTLAND, OR - 1984: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets sits on the bench against the Portland Trailblazers at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon circa 1984. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1984 NBAE (Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trailblazers  vs. Houston Rockets
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets
PORTLAND, OR - 1985: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets posts up against Sam Bowie #31 of the Portland Trailblazers at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon circa 1985. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trailblazers  vs. Houston Rockets
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets
PORTLAND, OR - 1985: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets talks with head coach Bill Fitch at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon circa 1985. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1985 NBAE (Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors
INGLEWOOD, CA - CIRCA 1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors boxes out against the Los Angeles Lakers circa 1987 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz
INGLEWOOD, CA - CIRCA 1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Utah Jazz stretches against the Los Angeles Lakers circa 1987 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors
OAKLAND, CA - 1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors and Hakeem Olajuwon #34 of the Houston Rockets rest circa 1987. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics
OAKLAND, CA - 1987: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Golden State Warriors points against Robert Parish #00 of the Boston Celtics circa 1987. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Atlanta Hawks v Sacramento Kings
Atlanta Hawks v Sacramento Kings
SACRAMENTO - JANUARY 16: Dominique Wilkins #21 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots against Ralph Sampson #50 of the Sacramento Kings on January 16, 1990 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1990 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
New York Knicks v Sacramento Kings
New York Knicks v Sacramento Kings
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1989: Ralph Sampson #50 of the Sacramento Kings boxes out against the New York Knicks circa 1989 at Madison Square Garden in New York City . NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1989 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
INGLEWOOD, CA - 1987: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #33 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against Ralph Sampson #50 of the Houston Rockets circa 1987 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California . NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets
Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 28: NBA Legends, from right, Ralph Sampson, Robert Reid, Rodney McCray, and John Lucas of the Houston Rockets 80s All Decade Team attend the Rockets game against the Toronto Raptors on February 28, 2012 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Inductees Announcement
Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Inductees Announcement
NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 4: CBS Host, Jim Nantz interviews Ralph Sampson at a press conference to announce the Class of 2012 who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 4, 2012 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)
NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky
NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky
NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 02: (L-R) Ralph Sampson and Reggie Miller stand on the court during half time of the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Miller and Sampson, both are new inductees of the Class of 2012 who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 4, 2012. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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