Ralph Sampson's NBA career really didn't last that long due to injuries and that tends to obscure just what a remarkable talent he was. Duke fans learned pretty quickly: a lot of people thought that Mike Gminski would school the skinny Virginian, but it was the other way around: Sampson was clearly on another planet and the G-man, remarkable though he was in his own right, was five inches shorter and not nearly as athletic.
The Post has a nice retrospective up on Sampson's enigmatic career and to an extent his turbulent personal life. He seems to be doing better now than he was a few years ago.
By the way, check out the video from the Lakers game (middle of the page): still one of the