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Sampson declined to comment on the decision or his interest in the assistant coaching position on Tuesday, but he did say he learned a great deal about the Rockets’ organization in his 14-hour interview for the head coaching position, comparing it to taking the ACT and SAT back-to-back. “When you go through something like that, you learn a lot about the organization and about yourself too,” Sampson said. “It was good. It was an interesting process. Those guys have a very good idea what they’re looking for. A huge part of being head coach in NBA is being prepared. Part of the process is preparation.” Houston Chronicle
Marc J. Spears: Wolves assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff has accepted a similar position with the Rockets. Agreed to accept job prior to Kurt Rambis' firing. Twitter
Bird and Vogel have met several times in recent weeks, and have targeted several assistant coaches – including Terry Porter and J.B. Bickerstaff – that the Pacers would like to surround Vogel. Indiana hasn’t completely ruled out waiting longer and meeting with outside candidates, but management and Vogel have been increasingly in agreement on how to proceed forward together. Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has urged Bird – a close friend of his – to consider assistant coach Dwane Casey, but that appears a more unlikely route. Yahoo! Sports
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