Sep 6, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT
When Ralph Sampson walked away from the NBA, he really walked away from it. He became a family man, not trying to enter the coaching or broadcasting or any other ranks.
But now the soon-to-be Hall of Famer he may be changing his mind with his family getting older and out of the house, he told Scott Howard-Cooper at NBA.com.
His former front-line mate Hakeem Olajuwon is not a big-man guru, but Sampson sounded like he knew he’s need to start at the bottom.
“I haven’t pursued it regularly in the past, probably like most people have or I should,” he said. “Now that my son is going to be a junior at East Carolina, I may look at it more seriously. I wanted him to get established first. My other son is out of college. I look every year at what coaches are doing what, when and where. You think, ‘Oh, maybe that’s not the right time.’ This year may be my time.”
“I know it’s a crazy game to get into sometimes and once you get in you’ve got to wiggle your way to the top,” he said the day before being inducted into the Hall of Fame. “But if the opportunity presents, I’ll look at it and I’ll take it from there.”
Not sure that happens. Maybe. But for now, Sampson should just enjoy
- Coach K had DeMarcus Cousins as USA’s backup big long before final cuts 5
- World Cup preview: No Durant, no problem USA still one of two teams with legit shot to win gold 6
- Cavaliers sold Kyrie Irving on contract extension with LeBron James-Kevin Love plan 34
- Kevin Love says Timberwolves owner should focus on his own team following trade to Cavaliers 35
- Iman Shumpert excited to play in triangle offense because he won’t just have to stand in the corner 9
- Timberwolves owner: Kevin Love might regret trade because he’ll be third banana with Cavaliers 48
- Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried lead Team USA in final World Cup tune-up 20
- Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet to 76ers 37