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Add the Clippers to Kelvin Sampson's suitors

May 27, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

The Bucks’ successful season was sure to raise the individual stock of a number of the principals involved (Think John Salmons earned himself a few bucks in free agency with his tear?), and assistant coach Kelvin Sampson appears to be the first to reap the benefits.

Not only do the Cavs seem to have legitimate interest in Sampson because of his success, approach, and Spurs ties (in fact, he may be pretty high up on Danny Ferry’s list), but Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that the Clippers may also have interest in Sampson as well, but for a connection of a different kind: one to former Oklahoma standout Blake Griffin.

Sampson was the head coach at Oklahoma from 1994-2006, which just preceded Griffin’s arrival. Still, it makes sense for the two to have a relationship considering that Blake’s brother Taylor also attended Oklahoma (where he played directly under Sampson), and Sampson no doubt helped to recruit Blake prior to his departure from the program.

Whether or not Sampson’s relationship with Griffin will give him the leg up on the Clippers’ job (or whether or not the nature of that relationship will entice Sampson should there be a competition for his services) is yet to be determined, but there’s something there, apparently. The obvious connections are minor at best, but the Clippers reportedly think enough of the connection to pursue it.

  1. seattle tyler - May 27, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    i normally really like reading all the posts and comments on this site, but i nearly got a headache from rolling my eyes so hard when i read that blake and kelvin are a good match due to their OU ties. there are about 14 players on an NBA team and most of them have played college ball and on other nba teams. there are connections to players EVERYWHERE! maybe i should coach blake g. because my favorite tv personality is peter griffin. please give us something better to read.

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