The Brooklyn Nets are trying to find a new coach after dismissing Avery Johnson and an interesting candidate has emerged. It appears the team is very interested in bringing in Kelvin Sampson, who is currently an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets.
Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson has emerged as a significant candidate for the Brooklyn Nets‘ head-coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
This would be quite the interesting hire. He has been an assistant for a number of years and he even coached the Rockets for 13 games this season. That means he is not inexperienced but he has never had to deal with the full grind of coaching a team of professionals day in and day out.
Sampson may be best known for his coaching in college, which also led to many jokes at his expense. He was the one who basically torpedoed Indiana basketball into the gutter for a few years. As much history as that school has and the players that end up playing there, you need talent to pull something like that off.
All jokes aside, I think Sampson could actually work quite well. He has learned from some of the best coaches in the league and he has dealt with stars before. He will not back down from the big names in Brooklyn and he should be able to get them on the right track.
It is very early in this coaching search but Sampson might just be the name that wins out in the end.