Ex-Rockets, Hall of Famers Sampson, Murphy teach life lessons to children


sampson-murphyFormer NBA stars, both from the Houston Rockets, Ralph Sampson and Calvin Murphy taught local children life lessons and basketball skills at a couple of free clinics on Feb. 16.

The event took place at Community School of Naples, the day before a charity golf tournament at the Tiburon Golf Club at Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.

The duo former athletes were expected to play in the charity golf tournament, which made it easy for them to be in the area to do the free basketball clinics.

Sampson and Murphy were both focused on making sure that today’s youth is inspired and encouraged to become great members of society both on and off the court. They provided the kids with lots of positive feedback and offered great insight into furthering their education, according to AthletePromotions.

Ralph Sampson‘s NBA career could’ve been different, if it wasn’t for the injuries. The 7’4 center was the No. 1 pick in the 1983 NBA Draft. He would go on to play 9 years (1983-1992) in the NBA with the Houston Rockets, the Golden State Warriors, the Sacramento Kings, and the Washington Bullets. In 2012, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The 7’4 Sampson played his first 4 seasons with the Houston Rockets, averaging at least 15.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg and 1.3 blocks per game. He reached a career-high 22.1 ppg average in 1984-85. As the knee and back injuries began to worsen, Sampson was traded to the Golden State Warriors, then to Sacramento Kings. Sampson finished his career with a 10-game stint with the Washington Bullets, averaging 2.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.8 bpg.

He played in total of 456 NBA games (started in 363), averaging 15.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg in 29.8 mpg. Having retired from the NBA, Sampson played eight games for Unicaja Ronda of the Spanish League during the 1991–92 season.

Calvin Murphy played in 1002 NBA games, averaging double figures in scoring in all of his seasons in the NBA. A 1979 NBA All-Star, Murphy holds career averages of 17.9 ppg and 4.4 apg in 30.5 minutes of playing time.

During his playing time he was one of the most accurate free-thrown shooters in the league. Murphy averaged over 90 percent of shooting from free throw line in 6 NBA seasons. He led the NBA in free throw percentage twice, with 95 and 92 percent respectively in 80-81 and 82-83 seasons.



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