Two of the NBA’s Hall of Famers Calvin Murphy and Ralph Sampson taught local children life lessons and basketball skills at a couple of free clinics last Monday, February 16. About 200 children were expected to attend the event which took place at Community School of Naples from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, which was the day before a charity golf tournament at the Tiburon Golf Club at Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.
Four-time NBA All-Star Ralph Sampson had an opportunity to enter the 1982 NFL Draft, but after a lot of contemplation he decided to stay in college and finish school. In 1983 Sampson was picked up at the draft by the Houston Rockets as the number one overall choice, and there were many very high expectations of him. Throughout his career he also played for the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings in the NBA. He also was the 1984 NBA Rookie of the Year and the 1985 NBA All-Star MVP. In addition to that, he was a three-time college national player of the year.
Retired NBA guard Calvin Murphy was originally drafted to the San Diego Rockets, who later became the Houston Rockets, in a first pick of the second round in the 1970 NBA Draft. During his first season playing for team he was nominated to the NBA All-Rookie Team and a two-time consensus first team All-American in years 1969 and 1970. Murphy retired in 1983 and his jersey number 23 was also retired by the Rockets team. It wasn’t until 1993 that the NBA All-Star was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
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 made sure to provide the kids with lots of positive feedback and offered great insight into furthering their education.
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