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canada goose clearance After redshirting his freshman year in 1980 81 because he could not yet get clearance from the NCAA to play, played sparingly as a redshirt freshman in 1981 82, and the Cougars were eliminated in the Final Four by the eventual NCAA champion, the North Carolina Tar Heels. averaged 8.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks, shooting 60% from the field in 18 minutes per game. sought advice from the coaching staff about how to increase his playing time, and they advised him to work out canada goose outlet mall with local Houston resident and multiple NBA MVP winner, Moses Malone. Malone, who was then a center on the NBA’s Houston Rockets, played games every off season with several NBA players at the Fonde Recreation Center. joined the workouts and canada goose outlet canada went head to head with Malone in several games throughout the summer. credited this experience with rapidly improving his game: “The way Moses helped me is by being out there playing and allowing me to go against that level of competition. He was the best center in the NBA at the time, so I was trying to improve my game against the best.” returned from that summer a different player. He and his teammates (including Clyde ) formed what was dubbed “Phi Slama Jama”, the first slam dunking “fraternity”, so named because of its above the rim prowess. In his sophomore and junior years he helped the Cougars advance to consecutive NCAA championship games, where they lost to North Carolina State on a last second tip in in 1983 and a led Georgetown team in 1984. He averaged 13.9 points, 11.4 rebounds and 5.1 blocks in 1982 1983 and 16.8 points, 13.5 rebounds and 5.6 blocks in 1983 1984. He is, to date, the last player from a losing side to be granted this honor. departed for the NBA in 1983, leaving the lone star on the team. canada goose clearance

After the 1983 84 season, debated whether to stay in college or declare early for the NBA draft. At that time (before the NBA Draft Lottery was introduced in 1985), the first pick was awarded by coin flip. recalled: “I really believed that Houston was going to win the coin flip and pick the number 1 draft choice, and I really wanted to play in Houston so I had to make that decision (to leave early).” His intuition proved correct, and a lucky toss placed Houston ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers. was considered the top amateur prospect in the summer of 1984 over fellow collegians and future NBA stars Michael, Charles, and John, and was selected first overall by the Rockets in the 1984 NBA draft.

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averaged 23.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per game during his second pro season (1985 86). The Rockets finished 51 31, and advanced all the way to the Western Conference Finals where they faced the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. The Rockets won the series fairly easily, four games to one, shocking the sports world and landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated. scored 75 points in victories in games three and four, and after the series Lakers coach Pat remarked “We tried everything. We put four bodies on him. We helped from different angles. He’s just a great player.” The Rockets advanced to the 1986 NBA Finals where they lost in six games to the Boston Celtics, whose 1986 team is often considered one of the best teams in NBA history. The 1988 89 season canada goose outlet toronto location was ‘s first full season as the Rockets’ undisputed leader. This change also coincided with the hiring of canada goose outlet in chicago new coach Don. The Rockets ended the regular season with a record of 45 37, and finished the season as the league leader in rebounds (13.5 per game) by a full rebound per game over Charles. This performance was consistent with his averages of 24.8 canada goose outlet near me points and 3.4 blocks. posted exceptional playoff numbers of 37.5 ppg and 16.8 rpg, plus a record for points in a four game playoff series (150). Nevertheless, the Rockets were eliminated in the first round by the Seattle SuperSonics, 3 games to 1.

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