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Sam Mitchell | Forward

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (52) / 9/2/1963
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 215
College: Mercer
Drafted: 1985 / Rd. 3 (7) / HOU
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Sam Mitchell has interviewed with the Kings for the vacant head coach position.
There's no word on how Mitchell fared in the interview, but he's not expected to get the job. May 2 - 11:35 AM

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Sam Mitchell is reportedly set to interview with the Kings for their head coaching position.

Vlade Divac's coaching search is reportedly a list 17 names long, but so far Mitchell, Mark Jackson and Vinny Del Negro are the only guys who have officially scheduled interviews. The Kings are in no rush to make a hire, so there should be plenty more names added to the list of candidates throughout the offseason. For what it's worth, Mitchell has said that he's willing to accept a role as an assistant coach, and he's even considering going down to the college level.
Source: ESPN
Apr 20 - 10:10 AM

The Wolves announced Sam Mitchell has been relieved of his interim coaching duties and a new search for a head coach has started.

This will likely be the best coaching job on the market and maybe in all of the big American sports. Mitchell leading his team to the fifth-worst record is a little surprising with all the talent on their team. He'll likely be an assistant somewhere else.
Apr 13 - 11:30 PM

Coach Sam Mitchell has not been assured of keeping his job, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Wolves coaching job would be one of the most attractive positions in the NBA. Karl-Anthony Towns might make an All-NBA team this season to go with his MVP while Zach LaVine shined at shooting guard.
Apr 13 - 2:39 PM

The Wolves would like to add an athletic wing to their roster.

They only have 14 players on the roster after signing Greg Smith to a 10-day deal, and coach Sam Mitchell made it clear that he would like to add a player who would have a chance to make next season's roster. "We have to improve our athleticism," Mitchell said. "I don’t think we’re a bad athletic team, but we’re not as athletic as we need to be. We need to look at guys who can defend, a guy who can shoot, and see how this team can look if we can spread the floor a little bit more." According to the Star-Triubune, the Wolves could look at James Ennis, Jordan Hamilton, Ricky Ledo, Orlando Johnson, Vander Blue and Devin Ebanks.

According to the Associated Press, "nearly half the [Timberwolves'] 15 players privately expressed concerns about [Sam] Mitchell.

Players have reportedly complained about 1) an "outdated offensive system," 2) a "tendency to platoon his rotations" and 3) "a lack of personal accountability for the struggles." While some of this may be true, it's a bad look to present this feedback anonymously through the press, especially given the unfortunate circumstances which led to Mitchell's elevation. Do better, Young Wolfpack.
Feb 8 - 10:48 AM

Sam Mitchell lit into Minnesota's second unit after Saturday's loss to Milwaukee.

"Once we get past [Ricky Rubio, Tayshaun Prince, and Kevin Garnett], we’ve got all young guys out there in that second unit," he said. "The execution, picks, spacing, timing – that’s all we do with our young guys. That’s what we work on every day. Habits. They’ve just got bad habits. Those habits aren’t going to change (quickly). These are habits that have been acquired, that people who are supposed to have coached them have let them do for years. And we’re trying to break those habits because they’re not conducive to winning. Those are bad NBA basketball habits to have." There is plenty more to read in the link below, and it's clear Mitchell is not a satisfied coach right now.
Jan 3 - 2:55 PM

Coach Sam Mitchell said he's thinking about a 10-man rotation.

Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, Kevin Garnett, Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng and Andre Miller seem like the locks, which would mean it's Nemanja Bjelica, Shabazz Muhammad and Adreian Payne vying for two spots until Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is healthy. Hopefully, Mitchell cuts it to a nine-man rotation. We're not expecting Pek to be ready for quite some time, by the way.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 08:42:00 PM

Wolves interim head coach Sam Mitchell said that he understands what Flip Saunders wants from him.

"The good thing is that I’ve played in the system, I’ve used it in Toronto, so I’m very familiar with it," Mitchell said. "I ran a lot of the things I learned from Flip. Obviously, I have my own little ways of doing things, but that’s to be expected and Flip would tell me that. When I took over for him the one game in Toronto [last season], he called me up before the game and said, ‘Coach the team.’ I played for Flip a long time, so I understand what he wants. Having coached with him last year, I really understand it. We have a pretty good idea of what we need to do." Saunders is expected to miss several months as he fights Hodgkins Lymphoma, so we wish him and his family all of the best.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 09:27:00 AM

With Timberwolves head coach and team president Flip Saunders currently battling cancer, Sam Mitchell is expected to soon be named Minnesota's interim head coach, according to sources of Adrian Wojnarowski.

Flip is currently fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma, and we wish him and his family the best in that battle. Mitchell was named the Coach of the Year during his 2006-07 season with the Raptors, so he's certainly capable of stepping into a leadership role with Minnesota.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 04:08:00 PM

Sam Mitchell will join the Minnesota Timberwolves as an assistant coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Mitchell's name had previously come up in the Timberwolves' head coaching search, but he will join the team as an assistant now that Flip Saunders has chosen himself as the team's next head coach. Mitchell has previous head coaching experience with the Toronto Raptors and has most recently served as an assistant coach on the 2010-11 New Jersey Nets staff before being re-assigned to a scouting position.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 01:41:00 PM

Sam Mitchell has emerged as a serious candidate to be the Timberwolves next head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Mitchell reportedly left a good impression with Timberwolves president Flip Sanders in a recent meeting. Mitchell has strong ties with the Timberwolves organization as he made two stops there during his career, the second of which he played for Sanders. Mitchell was the head coach of the Toronto Raptors from 2004-09, where he took his team to the playoffs twice, and won Coach of the Year in 2007.
Sun, May 18, 2014 09:47:00 AM

Sam Mitchell could get consideration to replace Rick Adelman as Minnesota's next head coach, and the Star Tribune's Patrick Reusse thinks he's a logical choice.

Mitchell is still somewhat of a folk hero in Minnesota, as he played in the inaugural season and mentored Kevin Garnett early in his career. He also won Coach of the Year in 2007 while coaching the Raptors and his name came up as a possible Wolves candidate during the 'David Kahn era.' Mitchell is a no nonsense, disciplinarian type of coach, but as a former player, also gets respect and seems to have good relationships with today's players. It's possible that Flip Saunders could return to the Wolves bench, but we've read that book before, and Mitchell seems like a more logical choice.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 04:32:00 PM

The National Post is reporting that Raptors coach Sam Mitchell has, in fact, won the NBA's coach of the year honors.

Mitchell edged Utah's Jerry Sloan and Dallas's Avery Johnson for the league's top coaching honor. The Raptors posted the biggest single-season improvement of any NBA team this season, going from 27 to 47 wins. His three-year contract expires at the end of this season, and he will be a sought-after free agent in the coaching market.
Mon, Apr 23, 2007 08:52:00 PM

Sam Mitchell was voted worst coach in the league in a poll of 248 NBA players.

While those results aren't surprising, his response to the news was. "Man, in my short year and a half, I've coached 248 players?" Mitchell said. From a fantasy standpoint, Mitchell has had a much better year in 2005-06, as he has a set rotation, and owners of his players know what they're going to get consistently.
Fri, Mar 10, 2006 09:44:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Tyus Jones
SG1Zach LaVine
2Kris Dunn
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Shabazz Muhammad
3Brandon Rush
4Damjan Rudez
5Tayshaun Prince
PF1Gorgui Dieng
2Nemanja Bjelica
3Kevin Garnett
4Adreian Payne
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Cole Aldrich
3Nikola Pekovic
4Jordan Hill