Nets looking at Kelvin Sampson

Former Montana Tech men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson is a serious candidate to be the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, according to reports.

Sampson is currently an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets. The former Washington State, Oklahoma and Indiana coach served as an interim coach in Houston this season in place of Kevin McHale. He led the Rockets to a 7-6 mark in that stretch.

The Nets fired Avery Johnson on Thursday and named P.J. Carlesimo the interim coach.

Sampson, who also was an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, came to Butte in 1980 as an assistant coach for the Orediggers. He was the head coach at Montana Tech from 1981 through 1985.

After a large donation to Tech’s renovation of the HPER Complex, the school named its court in honor of Sampson.