HoopsHype Ralph Sampson rumors

October 3, 2013 Updates

Hall of Fame center Ralph Sampson, who played for the Houston Rockets from 1983-1987, is interested in rejoining the organization and that includes being a candidate to become the head coach of the team's NBA Development League team. "I expressed an interest in being a part of the Rockets in any capacity," Sampson said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. FOX 26 Sports

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Ralph Sampson was part of the pitch to bring Dwight Howard to Houston — he’s a Hall of Famer and part of the Rockets history of big men. But like a guy who has been through the long grind of an NBA season, Sampson knows assembling good players is like having all the ingredients to make Pad Thai — putting it together in a way that works is something else entirely. “You got a good start (in Houston), you got the makings of a good foundation, now the coaching staff and everybody’s got to put it together,” Sampson told ProBasketballTalk during the adidas Nations high school showcase, where Sampson was a coach. “The pieces are coming together but it’s an 82-game season a lot of things can happen as far as injuries or other situations.” NBCSports.com

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December 9, 2012 Updates

Ralph Sampson is back in the NBA as a member of the Phoenix Suns player development team. When someone commented to Sean Rooks, another former NBA center and member of the Suns development team, that Sampson, now 52, doesn't look 7-4, Rooks put his arms up straight and said, "When he does this, he is 7-4, believe me." New York Daily News

October 4, 2012 Updates
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The Suns go 7 feet 4, 6-10 and 6-10 across the front line. And that's just the player development staff. The Suns hired former Arizona Wildcats center and 12-year NBA veteran Sean Rooks as a player development coach while newly enshrined Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson also will assist player development for at least the month. It is part of the Suns' May pledge to bolster the player development staff, now headed by Lindsey Hunter and helped by Suns Vice President of Player Programs Mark West. Arizona Republic

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Five-time All-Star Reggie Miller and longtime coach Don Nelson are among a dozen players, coaches and teams that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2012 was announced Monday in New Orleans, the site of the Final Four. Also elected were two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain, three-time college player of the year Ralph Sampson, four-time NBA champion Jamaal Wilkes, longtime referee Hank Nichols, and the All-American Red Heads, the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters. ESPN.com

August 26, 2011 Updates

Former college basketball and NBA star Ralph Sampson was jailed Tuesday in Gwinnett County on several charges, Gwinnett Detention Center records show. Sampson, a 7-foot-4 center for the University of Virginia and several NBA teams, reportedly was arrested in Peachtree Corners on Tuesday when Gwinnett Police stopped his car for an expired tag. A further check showed that Sampson had an outstanding warrant from Duluth Police and that he had a suspended license for child support obligations. The warrant reportedly was for a 2008 charge for failure to appear for an insurance citation. Suwanee Patch

August 25, 2011 Updates

College basketball great and four-time NBA All-Star Ralph Sampson is free after being jailed for several hours in Gwinnett County for numerous traffic violations. But Sampson, 51, says police got one accusation wrong. "My license was not suspended for failure to meet child support obligations of any kind," he said in an email sent Wednesday afternoon to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The former Houston Rockets center, who lives in Duluth, was arrested Tuesday night for having, among other things, a suspended license that was the result of failure to meet child support obligations, according to police reports. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

May 9, 2011 Updates

It appears the Gophers men's basketball team won't lose Ralph Sampson III after all. In a text message to 1500 ESPN on Monday afternoon, "U" athletic director Joel Maturi said he expects the 6-11 center to return for his senior season. Sampson declared for the NBA Draft on April 28 but apparently did not hire an agent. Sunday was the deadline for underclassmen to withdraw their names from the early- entry pool. ESPN.com

By Sunday night, the majority of early entrants had announced their intentions to remain in or exit the NBA draft pool. Gophers center Ralph Sampson III, however, stayed quiet. But multiple reports stated the junior's tenure at the University of Minnesota ended over the weekend. The NCAA deadline for early entrants to withdraw from the draft and restore their college eligibility -- assuming they hadn't hired agents -- was 10:59 p.m. Sunday. "Ralph is staying in the draft," said Norman Parker, Sampson's former AAU coach. "He feels like it's his time." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

May 4, 2011 Updates

Ralph Sampson III is serious about a pro career and he's hired one of the top trainers in the game to help him reach the next level. He's currently working out in Chicago with Tim Grover, who trained Michael Jordan during the prime of his All-Star career. He currently trains NBA stars Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade. Grover's Attack Athletics is a hub for future and current NBA players. Keith Kreiter, an agent who represents former Gophers forward Paul Carter, said both Carter and Sampson recently endured intense workouts at Grover's Attack Athletics facility in Chicago under Grover's watch. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

April 28, 2011 Updates

Gophers center Ralph Sampson III has entered the NBA draft, according to the list of early entrants released by the league Thursday morning. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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