Former OU coach Kelvin Sampson is taking leave from his position of assistant coach with the Houston Rockets after the death of his father on Tuesday, according to reports from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
With passing of his father today in N.C., Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson will briefly leave team to be w/ family, source tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 18, 2014
John W. “Ned” Sampson passed away Tuesday in North Carolina from causes not reported by Wojnarowski. The elder Sampson coached Kelvin in high school in Pembroke, N.C. and each are also in the UNC-Pembroke (Pembroke State) Hall of Fame for athletics. Their close relationship has been well documented during Kelvin Sampson’s coaching career. Ned Sampson had brain surgery for a subdural hematoma in 2002, in the midst of the Sooners’ NCAA Tournament run to the Final Four.
It’s been a tough time for the Sampson family, as Kelvin Sampson also lost his mother in January.