The Bucks lost assistant coach Kelvin Sampson to the Houston Rockets today, when Kevin McHale tabbed Sampson to be his lead assistant on the Houston Rockets coaching staff.
Sampson interviewed to be the head coach on the Rockets when the job was vacant, but the Rockets chose McHale instead. The new gig is a de facto promotion for Sampson; Jim Boylan turned down an offer from Phoenix last week, so Sampson would not have been Scott Skiles’ top assistant in Milwaukee. In addition, reports state that Sampson will have an opt-out clause should another team offer him a head coaching position. Sampson interviewed for Detroit’s head coaching vacancy a few weeks ago, but the Pistons have not yet made a hire.
Sampson left jobs at the University of Oklahoma (2006) and Indiana University (2008) before joining the Bucks before the start of the 2008-09 season. In both instances, he was found to be in violation of NCAA rules involving phone calls used to recruit players.