There's a good chance that you've never heard of Eric “Sleepy” Floyd, who's become one of the forgotten point guards of the 1980s.
Floyd only made one All-Star appearance in his career (1987), and his career averages are a relatively modest 12.8 points and 5.4 assists per game. Nothing spectacular.
But his unforgettable offensive explosion in Game 4 of the 1987 Western Conference Semifinals—which is now known as the “Sleepy Floyd game”—has turned Floyd into a legend.
If you haven't seen the Sleepy Floyd game, then just watch the highlights above. Sleepy dropped 51 points, including 29 in the fourth quarter alone, most of which came on driving layups.
To appreciate what he did, you need to know that Michael Cooper and Byron Scott (the men guarding Floyd for most of the game) were two of the best defensive players of their generation. Nobody torched them the way that Sleepy did in Game 4. It just didn't happen.
Sleepy ultimately retired in 1995 and now resides in Charlotte, where he works with the local community. He said in an interview with Warriors.com:
I’m doing a lot of stuff for the community, doing some things with the Bobcats here, locally. I’m working with a lot of charities in the area with the high schools and a men’s shelter. Just doing several things that keep my interest and keep me motivated and just enjoying retirement.
Funnily enough, Sleepy has also finally figured out how to cash in on his nickname. He recently became a brand ambassador for Comfort Revolution, a developer and marketer of high-end sleep products.
Comfort Revolution CEO and Founder Michael Fux recently said (via BedTimes.com):
We respect all that Eric has accomplished on and off the court, and believe he’ll be a great match for a company whose hallmark is innovation. Besides, who better to talk about the value of a good night’s sleep than someone whose nickname is Sleepy?