Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mitchell named NBA's coach of the year

No, it's not hockey, but this is certainly worth at least a link:
Tuesday, for the first time in his career, Sam Mitchell, 43, earned a place of his own as he was confirmed as the winner of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the NBA's coach of the year.
Mitchell's truly one of most interesting personalities in the Toronto sports market, and a really compelling story if only for going from the perceived 'worst' coach to the top of the heap in such a short time.



At 4:22 p.m., April 24, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

As in any sport, a coach is only as good as the team he's got to work with. I don't know basketball, but I'm willing to bet the correlation is there between Mitchell's perceived coaching ability and the roster he had to work with.

At 8:11 p.m., April 24, 2007, Blogger sager said...

Mitchell's always had some good qualities -- by most accounts personable with the players and able to get a lot from the bottom half of the roster. That's helped the Raptors get to where they are.

What he lacks, and what's going to force the Raptors to make a change, is that his staff doesn't seem big on game adjustments. The Nets coach Lawrence Frank is a film nut and right now his team seems better prepared. They haven't gone for anything and have stayed in their basic YMCA zone on defence and kept the score low.

Anyway, I better get back to my game blog; you guys love your hockey.


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