OKLAHOMA CITY - Kelvin Sampson is on track to become an NBA head coach. Soon. The former Oklahoma and Indiana head coach is the Houston Rocket interim head coach as Kevin McHale is dealing with the loss of his daughter.

Kelvin and I go way back. I was stunned when cell phone abuse got him in trouble, and flabbergasted when the same thing cost him one of the most prestigious jobs in all of basketball. But the guy can coach. I mean really coach.

Sampson and his club had a long Wednesday. We talked about that, Harden and Kelvin's future about an hour before tipoff.