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Sam Mitchell | Forward

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (51) / 9/2/1963
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 215
College: Mercer
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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. Jun 12 - 1:41 PM

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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.
May 18 - 9:47 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.
Apr 22 - 4:32 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

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