To Our Basketball Family

Deep in our hearts a memory is kept, Of those we loved and shall never forget.

Samuel Perkins


Samuel Perkins (born June 14, 1961, in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player, also known by the nicknames “Sleepy Sam” and “Big Smooth.” He attended Samuel J. Tilden High School, Shaker High School and the University of North Carolina, where he was a teammate of Michael Jordan. He then played in the NBA from 1984 to 2001.In 1980; he was selected large-school player of the year in high school by the New York State Sportswriters Association. In 2008, Perkins was named vice president of player relations for the Indiana Pacers, with whom he played from 1999-2001. In September 2008, Perkins was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame along with NBA stars Kenny Anderson and Rod Strickland, coach Pete Gillen and pioneers Lou Bender and Eddie Younger.

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