Moses Malone, Jr., and George Gervin, Jr.

After years of watching their fathers tear up the NBA,19-year-old Moses Malone, Jr.,  and 22-year-old George Gervin, Jr., have the ball in their court—at the University of Houston. Malone, who graduated from Friendswood High School in May, and Gervin, a San Antonio native who spent last year at San Jacinto Junior College in Pasadena, are guards on the U of H basketball team, playing for new head coach Clyde Drexler, a former U of H and NBA star in his own right. “I knew it would be a unique situation for me to play for one of my dad’s friends,” Malone says. No doubt the arrival of Drexler and two talented, pedigreed players gives fans of the university’s once-mighty program something to cheer about. Okay, so can we expect to see a reincarnation of Phi Slama Jama, the legendary U of H team that went all the way to the Final Four two years in a row in the early eighties? “No, no,” Malone says with a laugh. “But we’re working much harder. We want to get respectable again. That’s our goal.”

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