Ralph Sampson Rumors
Rick Barry’s golf team, which helped raise money for four charities, also included Naples residents Garrett Richter, Bud Hornbeck, Brian Psota and Patrick Trittler. They combined for a low score of 55 in a field that included Basketball Hall of Famers Ralph Sampson, Artis Gilmore, Bernard King and Alex English among others. Recently retired players Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton also played. “These were really good players,” Barry said of his teammates. “They had two or three handicaps. I don’t play a lot anymore because I like to fish so much. Fly fishing. I’ll go down to Mexico or I’ll go up to Alaska. “I go to Mexico where you can actually catch some really good marlin there.”
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.
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.”