The Orlando Magic are keeping things quiet in regards to their coaching search. But it looks as though they have their main target in mind. According to The New York Times’ Marc Stein, it’s Kelvin Sampson. Currently, he coaches the University of Houston. But don’t just take our word for it.
“No team has kept its coaching search quieter than Orlando, but there is a growing belief among league insiders gathered in Chicago this week that University of Houston coach Kelvin Sampson has emerged as the Magic’s prime target.”
As far as NBA experience goes, Sampson has seven seasons as an assistant under his belt. Three would be spent with Houston while the other four would keep him in Milwaukee. But as a college coach, his teams combine to post a 581-320 record. That’s a winning percentage of 64.5 percent. Of course, college is an entirely different beast than the NBA. Just ask John Calipari.
Plus, Sampson is already 62 years old. The Magic are coming off another disappointing season (25-57). And, they haven’t had a winning season since the strike-shortened campaign of 2011-12 (37-29).
Is this really the right move for a team in desperate need of a rebuild?