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Ralph Sampson wouldn’t mind being an assistant coach

Sep 6, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

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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

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

  1. dysraw1 - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    these days coaches have 10-15 assistants any how so i guess it would be rather easy land a spot.

  2. eventhorizon04 - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    “His former front-line mate Hakeem Olajuwon is not a big-man guru,”

    “Not”? Amar’e, Dwight, McGee, LeBron have all gone to see Olajuwon.

    I’m guessing you mean, “now”, as in, “Olajuwon is now a big-man guru.”

    I don’t mean to be a grammar nitpicker, but there’s a big difference between “not” versus “now.”

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