Report: Orlando leaning toward hiring Kelvin Sampson as head coach

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Back in 2013, when then Rockets’ coach Kevin McHale took time off after the death of his daughter, Kelvin Sampson took over in the interim and turned heads to lead the team to a strong showing. That led to Sampson being a guy who got a ton of interviews for head coaching jobs — Sixers, Bobcats, Bucks, Suns, and Hawks — but after landing none of them he took a job back in college at the University of Houston.

Now it sounds like Sampson may get his NBA shot after all. From Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Orlando is a team with some talent on the roster — Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier — that has never quite fit together well and needs a bit of a makeover. That starts with what they do with the No. 6 pick in the upcoming draft.

Sampson could work as part of that future — a guy who players like, who has developed guys and has a good mind for Xs and Os. This is potentially a good fit.

With so little news leaking out of Orlando on their search, it’s hard to say how far down the road with Sampson they are. It looks like they are leaning toward a first-time NBA coach (a smart move in their situation) and Sampson would be a good fit.