Kelvin Sampson has emerged as a serious candidate to become the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, according to sources.

Sampson is an assistant with the Houston Rockets and did an impressive job as interim head coach while Kevin McHale was away on a personal matter with his ailing daughter.

Sampson had a 7-6 record in McHale's absence.

Sampson has been praised for his ability to connect with star players.