Kelvin Sampson Rumors

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FOX 26 Sports has learned former Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson, who is the new head coach at the University of Houston, gets a five-year contract worth $4.5 million total in base salary. College basketball sources told FOX 26 Sports Sampson’s contract includes an incentive/bonus package that could bring his annual compensation “into seven figures.” Sampson had significant success as a college head coach at Washington State, Oklahoma and Indiana. He was the Rockets’ top assistant since 2011.
Only Adelman left, and Lowry couldn’t get over it. He fought new coach Kevin McHale on everything – and relationships were even worse with the assistant coaches. Lowry lost his starting job and lost the clear-mindedness to lead the locker room. “He never gave the coaching staff a chance,” assistant coach Kelvin Sampson told Yahoo Sports. “He wouldn’t let Kevin coach him. Kyle’s greatest strength is the bulldog in him, and when that bulldog is channeled the in right direction, he’s tough to handle on the floor. And when it isn’t, he’s tough to handle everywhere else.”
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Kelvin Sampson: There will be nights where we play Dwight and ‘O’ together. There will be games when our 4-man will be Terrence [Jones] or D-Mo – even though they’re still young, they have some notches on their belt now. Other guys will be in the mix as well, but I’m not sure yet who will make our final roster since we have so many moving parts. We think we’re going to be pretty good defensively up front. Where we’ve got to make our biggest improvement though, Jason, is at the one, two and three, especially the two and the three — those were our biggest holes defensively.
Among the NBA personnel helping national teams this summer: Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson is an assistant with Canada. Golden State Warriors advanced scout Chris Thomas is an assistant coach with Slovenia. Minnesota Timberwolves advanced scout Pat Zipfel is the Dominican Republic’s scout. Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Igor Kokoskov is Georgia’s coach, and Houston Rockets advanced scout Jason Staudt is a scout for Georgia.
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Many had thought Sampson’s ties to the Bucks organization as a former Milwaukee assistant coach had him as a frontrunner once he was selected as one of two finalists, along with former Hawks head coach Larry Drew. Bucks’ sideline reporter Telly Hughes told CSN Houston prior to the Bucks’ final selection that he couldn’t see how the Bucks could pass on Coach Sampson. Yet, that’s what the Bucks did, going with Drew. “You’re never surprised by anything in the NBA,” Sampson said on Monday. “It would’ve been a great opportunity. But Senator Kohl, John Hammond… those guys made the decision they thought was best for them. I thank them for the opportunity and I think they selected an outstanding coach in Larry Drew.”
Clifford will visit Milwaukee again on Tuesday, and Sampson and Drew on Wednesday, league sources said. Bucks general manager John Hammond has a stronger history with Sampson – who spent two years on the Milwaukee staff under Scott Skiles – but has been increasingly impressed with the possibilities with Clifford, sources said. Clifford has come strongly recommended by three former coaching colleagues that Hammond respects – Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau and Stan and Jeff Van Gundy.