Kelvin Sampson Emerges as Top Candidate in Bucks' Coaching Vacancy Search

The Milwaukee Bucks' search for a new head coach has taken an intriguing twist, as sources have confirmed that they have conducted an interview with University of Houston coach Kelvin Sampson. With a nine-year tenure at Houston and six seasons in the NBA as an assistant, Sampson is a well-regarded figure in the hoops world.

"Sampson is 232-74 (.758) in his nine seasons at Houston, including four consecutive berths in the Sweet 16 and a trip to the Final Four in 2021," per ESPN. "His Cougars were ranked No. 1 in the nation for much of the 2022-23 season."

The Bucks have interviewed several top candidates in their search for a replacement for Mike Budenholzer. General Manager Jon Horst has a history with Sampson, having been a part of the Bucks organization during Sampson's time as an assistant coach from 2008 to 2011. What further makes this candidate stand out is his track record of success with Houston and his efficient and tenacious style of basketball. It's no wonder why the Bucks are pursuing him as their next head coach.