Kelvin Sampson

Bobcats ask permission to speak with Rockets’ assistant Kelvin Sampson

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Kelvin Sampson turned a lot of heads in NBA front offices with how well he handled the Houston Rockets when head coach Kevin McHale had to step away from the team because of the tragic death of his daughter. The Rockets played well for Sampson and at the time it was though this was going to get him some interviews this summer (not that Sampson or anyone was doing it for that reason).

One of those is going to be the Bobcats, reports Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

The Bobcats are also set to interview Cavaliers assistant Nate Tibbetts.

Talk to people who know these coaches and it’s clear Sampson is thought far more ready for the big chair, this would be a better fit for the Bobcats. The problem is that Sampson will have options, the Bucks are reportedly interested if, and more likely when, they let interim coach Jim Boylan go.

But the chance to coach close to where he crew up could be the tipping point.

PBT Extra: Cavaliers, Warriors teams to beat among things we’ve learned so far

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We are a quarter of the way into the NBA season, the things we kind of thought earlier have started to solidify into things we really know about this NBA season.

So what are the three things we’ve learned so far? That’s the topic of this PBT Extra.

At the top of the list, something we thought we knew going into the season: The Warriors and Cavaliers are the teams to beat. Shocking. But we also talk Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Wizards miss two open layups on one fastbreak (video)

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Marcus Thornton got the Wizards two easy points with this wide-open lay —

Well, at least Bradley Beal was there for the easy foll —

Yikes.

Thankfully for the Wizards, they were playing the Nets, not the Rockets. So, Washington still won, 118-113.

Report: Andrew Bogut to be out two weeks with bone bruise in knee

Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut (6) of Australia reaches down to his right leg after suffering an unknown injury in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Andrew Bogut left just 10 minutes into Dallas’ eventual loss to Charlotte Monday with what looked to be a hyperextended knee. After the game, coach Rick Carlisle said an MRI was coming, but they expected Bogut to miss time.

Looks like it will be a couple of weeks at least, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Mavericks are 8.6 points per 100 possessions better when Bogut is on the court, all because their defense is vastly superior when he is on the court.

With Bogut out, look for Dwight Powell to get more run.

Bogut’s name has come up in trade rumors, this kind of injury isn’t going to change that.

Meyers Leonard yells ‘Meyers’ at Bulls PA announcer, who kept calling him Myles (video)

Portland Trail Blazers' Meyers Leonard foreground, battles Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler background, for a rebound during the second half of a NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Chicago. Portland won 112-110. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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Meyers Leonard grew up in Illinois. He played at the University of Illinois.

So, last night’s Trail Blazers-Bulls game in Chicago was a bit of a homecoming for him.

That’s probably why he was particular perturbed the Bulls’ PA announcer kept calling him Myles. So, the Portland big man issued a stern correction:

For anyone in the Midwest, I trimmed this into a handy Vine you can use in case anyone asks which grocery store you’re headed to: