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76ers receive permission to interview Kelvin Sampson

May 16, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

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New 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie reached out to his former bosses in Houston and received permission to interview Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson, according to John Mitchell of The (Philadelphia) Inquirer.

Sampson has already interviewed with the Bobcats and Bucks, and the Pistons, another team with an opening, showed interest when they previously had an opening. But Hinkie, formerly an assistant general manager with the Rockets, should give the 76ers a leg up in assessing Sampson.

After coaching at Indiana University and the University of Oklahoma, Sampson has impressed as an NBA assistant. He’s definitely a quick riser at this level, and he’s probably more likely than not to receive an NBA head-coaching position this offseason.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - May 16, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    If all the Sixers players are on board with current assistant Michael Curry taking over the job…Than I’m with them. Whoever can get this group to be more cohesive deserves the job.

  2. cfutch - May 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    good for him. He deserves it

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