Old friend Kelvin interviewing with the Houston Rockets

Kelvin Sampson is in Houston today to meet with the Rockets and interview for their head coaching position, according to the Sporting News.

Sampson recently finished his third season as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks. He received a lot of credit for Brandon Jennings’ emergence, and he obviously has plenty of prior head coaching experience (albeit at the college level).

Mike Woodson will interview Thursday for the job.

28 comments

  1. he is a good coach no doubt. the pro level fits him much better than the college level ever did

  2. I pick at 10:30am tomorrow or Thursday. I need to double check. Where are you looking at? I’m thinking I want to get into section 4 or 5 and away from the edge of the visitor section.

  3. We sat between 10 and 11 next year and enjoyed it tremendously! We were able to see the players run out on to the field and the fireworks went off right in front of us. We got 1st row and there were NO fans from the visiting team, check that area out if you need a change. My wife and 2 kids will be there with me again! Looking forward to a great year!

  4. Kelvin Sampson should NOT be basketball and/or any organized sport, Pro or Collegiate! With more freedoms in the Pros he could be really dangerous.

  5. Honor and integrity should be just as important at the pro level as they are anywhere else.

    In fact, those eternal concepts should apply in any job at any level, from top to bottom.

    I don’t understand why a team would want to hire a person with Sampson’s proven record in those areas.

  6. Mike P, I have 2 pair brand new WR gloves by adidas. Black and grey. They are adult small…would they fit your son and would he want them? They are yours for free, just name a place to meet tomorrow afternoon…

  7. J Pat,

    Don’t want to move that far from the Knot Hole. Like being able to see him from my seat.

    Thanks for the offer, but adult small would be a little big for his hands.

  8. What a great country we live in. You can tarnish a great Univeristy’s reputation, be fired for cheating and lying, get run out of town after collecting a $900K severence, then immediately get another job paying you hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, and then interview for a job that pays millions a year. Wow, talk about second chances! What a great country we live in.

    “Just win, baby.”

  9. Podunker- If you the read stories about the corporate fraud in this country, including all the dismissed CEO’s who stole people’s money, walked away with huge severance packages, and are now comfortably stationed in new high-paying jobs, they make Sampson look like a social worker.

  10. Mike, I take it he likes that mini-field. My kids are a little young to go over on their own right now. I wish they would go back to selling the end zone. Several years I got 6 games for 60 bucks when Cam was here and Dinardo. Take care.

  11. J PAT Don’t you have a Facebook account? They work great for PRIVATE conversations between friends.

  12. Whoda, I have not seen Mike P in over a year and I don’t know his last name. Saw him once at a womens bball game but I moved football seats so it has been a while. Whoda, I do have a FB account, wanna be friends???

  13. H.T.; No doubt there are some crooks in corporate America. But since the ENRON prosecutions, when Corporate CEOs, CFOs, and other executives get caught stealing, cheating, etc, they are subject to prosecution, huge fines and a prison sentence. In most cases in this post-Enron world, corporations have layers of internal watchdogs that are in place to protect the company and shareholders from the bad/illegal behavior of a few bad executives. What we’re now seeing at schools like IU, USC and other schools that broke the rules, are similar types of watchdog resources being added to compliance departments. But when a college coach cheats, his punishment might be a relative slap on the wrist. He gets fired, often with severence. He goes on to other coaching jobs, maybe at a lower salary. He’s not prosecuted, he’s not banned from coaching, he’s in no risk of going to jail. My point was, Sampson got away without any significant punsihment, expense or risk of legal consequences. But look at the cost IU BB has paid in the last five years.

    If that reality does not change, if Universities do not have the means to punish cheating coaches, we’re not going to put so much as a speed bump in the way of coaches cheating. I was embarrassed for my alma mata when IU paid Sampson a huge severence while terminating him for cause. I understand the financial justification, but I was hoping IU would have demonstrated behavior based on principal and forced that jerk to fight for his money.

  14. Podunker…you have been inducted into my pantheon of heroes. Great post in addressing and trying to explain why there is no integrity in intercollegiate athletics. And, why there will not be any.

    I do slightly differ with you on one point. Considering today’s environment and the void in integrity, professional ethics and enforceable standards, why would we expect anything better in the world of universities?

    Like Wall Street, the reputation of the firms used to be a tremendous incentive to do business in a proper and honest way. However, as the size of the corporations and financial markets grew outcomes in turns of profit and size became paramount. We, generally, celebrated the growth until it lead us to the ‘bubbles’ (read that fraud) and collapse that now have many living without jobs or income to buy food for their kids.

    As the Wall Street Journal pointed out; recovery from previous troubles partially relied on the investment houses -partnerships with visible names then- emphasizing recovery of their reputations as a keystone of their future business.

    But, following the tax-payer rescue of the last 2-3 years, the intervention to the “too-big-to-fail” banks and giving our money to save them, the rescue blew away the value of ‘business reputation’

    We faced the reality that “man’s nature may be to be good…,[but] he’s just much better if you watch him.” We’ve conceded and surrendered and relied to formal government oversight (watchdog agencies) over market incentives such as ‘reputation’, ‘judgment’ and ‘business ethics’.

    Corporate and banking interests don’t even worry about their reputations. Growth of gargantuan dimensions and the size of the investment banks, the financial markets, profits, commissions and bonuses are now the only incentive and the only limits.

    The same is true in intercollegiate (NCAA) sports.

    A similar force has taken over the NCAA. The reputation of universities and the ‘institution of learning’ has given way to ‘market expansion and business interests’. The recently installed president of the institution publicly said so in an interview on Frontline last week. Cynically, he calmly stared ahead into the camera, as if saying…”try and touch me.”…while patting himself in the back for the tens of billions of dollars in income they generate.

    Never mind that it is on the back of the human a cargo’ that is the staple of the “involuntary servitude” system blessed by the University presidents and faculty councils who theoretically own and control the NCAA.

    What else explains the impunity that Calipari and Tressel seem to have protecting their jobs? How else can we explain the fact that Sampson was allowed to leave Oklahoma and our A.D., Greenspan, in concert with the IU Trustees, sought him out based on ‘his experience’ and offered him sanctuary on 17th. Street plus a million or two or three dollar-a-year salary, plus perks- including, I assume- immunity from prosecution by the International Court of Justice in Geneva, a year’s salary guaranteed and a letter of recommendation to the NBA.

    But hey!… We Hoosiers are not the only country rubes who bought it. Calipari is still doing it at Kentucky one step ahead of the sherriff in Massachussets and Memphis; Pearl at Tennessee? Pete Carroll called it mentoring (listen to the word!) of Reggie Bush at USC? And Cam Newton’s got to see the south while his father handled the collection box.

    Still…as Podunker (and some others have done) points out…blame this where it belongs. We let it happen (and that includes us). That’s not a picture you want to show our kids.

    While we teach them, “it’s just a game.”

    No it’s not.

  15. I remember seeing an “on-the-street” interview on T.V. shortly after the news broke about what Louisville fans thought of their BB coach’s adulterous affair with the troubled wife of one of his assistant coaches(I believe the dirty deed took place on a restaurant table after closing hours). Anyway, regarding whether this coach violated some morals clause in his contract by allegedly paying the women to have an abortion, etc, etc; one young women(mid 20’s) responded to the reporter by saying something to the effect of, “We don’t care what he does, or who he screws, as long as he wins.” That pretty-much sums up a growing portion of our society.

    But I compare that Louisville coach’s behavior to RMK proactively reporting or suspending Steve Alford for an important game (I think it was the Kentucky game)because Alford had innocently posed (fully clothed) for a sorority’s calandar being sold to raise money for charity.

  16. Old friend Kelvin? After reading those 3 words I put down my cheaters, I mean readers.

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