From the “Things That Will Give Phillips An Aneurysm” department, as many as three NBA teams are reportedly considering Kelvin Sampson to fill their coaching vacancies.
I need a second…(thinking happy thoughts, thinking happy thoughts…). OK, I’m good.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports says the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking at Sampson, who is currently an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks. Since that report, several others have surfaced confirming the rumor.
Wojnarowski also tweeted that the Los Angeles Clippers were also interested in Sampson because he has a relationship with Blake Griffin.
All of that comes after the Chicago Tribune reported that the Chicago Bulls were also looking at Sampson.
Why would anyone hire this jerk? I realize he’s a decent on-the-court coach and you don’t need to worry about recruiting violations in the NBA, but the guy is just generally shady.
I know being in consideration for a job isn’t the same as actually getting a job, but the fact that Sampson is even being considered is ridiculous.
Forget that the guy tarnished one of the great programs in all of sports by breaking a litany of rules during his time at Indiana University. Sampson’s players were also completely out of control. They weren’t going to class, had racked up 19 Fs in one semester. On top of that most of the roster were using drugs. Two-plus years later and Indiana is still trying to climb out of the smoking rubble Sampson left behind. Only the energy and enthusiasm of new head coach Tom Crean has kept the program above water.
The problem with Sampson is that he doesn’t care about anything that happens outside the lines of the court. He just doesn’t care. You can’t run a program (pro or college) like that. You have to discipline your players and make them respect you. A coach can easily lose control if that’s not the case.
Could anyone, anywhere in sports respect Sampson anymore?
He screwed over major universities not once, but twice. He screwed over fanbases not once, but twice. He abandoned his players again, not once but twice. And his reward is three NBA teams interested in him as their head coach.
For shame Clippers, Cavs and Bulls. For shame.