Per the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen, the Rockets will begin their search for a new head coach today as they bring in Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Kelvin Sampson for an interview. Sampson has been a Bucks assistant ever since being fired in a recruiting scandal in Indiana. No word on how he plans to incite recruiting violations in the NBA yet, but my guess would be by trying to tempt players to join his team before coaches and players are officially allowed to speak.
The Rockets have lined up a slew of other interviews this week, as Jack Sikma and Mario Elie will be in the building on Wednesday, and former Hawks coach Mike Woodson will talk to Daryl Morey on Thurdsay.
Pending their playoff advancement, the Rockets will also eventually interview Dallas assistant Dwane Casey, Boston assistant Lawrence Frank, Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer, and Memphis assistant Dave Joeger. They’re also expected to eventually interview former Cavs head coach Mike Brown and Clippers assistant Dean Demopoulos.
The Rockets are committed to a exhaustive coaching search, so don’t be surprised if this lasts into the summer and possibly into the (likely) NBA Lockout.