The Charlotte Bobcats have requested permission to interview Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Sampson, a North Carolina native, has been with the Rockets since 2011, after spending three seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks as an assistant.
Sampson has been looking for his first NBA head coach job for years, after coaching two major college programs in Oklahoma and Indiana. Sampson left college after a controversial ending to his tenure with the Hoosiers.
The Rockets are still in the postseason, so logically an interview would have to wait until they’ve been eliminated. Despite never being a head coach in the NBA, Sampson has the basketball experience to one day be a head coach in the league. Earlier in the season he was linked to the Brooklyn Nets opening after Avery Johnson was dismissed from the team.