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Wannabe coaches trouble Mitchell
Real coach says outsiders distracting players
By STEVE BUFFERY -- TORONTO SUN
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Following his team's ugly loss to the Washington Wizards last night, Raptors coach Sam Mitchell delivered a bizarre message to certain people he described as detractors and wannabe coaches. Mitchell refused to elaborate, only to say that a small group of people from outside the organization were feeding his players too much information and distracting them from the job at hand.

"As we have success we just have too many people grabbing guys. We got too many people that don't coach trying to coach them," Mitchell said. "These players have a made it a long way, they're doing well, they're playing well, they're playing hard. Everybody just needs to leave them alone, and let them play.

"There's just too much information for them. They're given too many things to think about," he added. "We've got guys working on specific things and playing a certain role, and that's the way we're trying to keep it."

From that, one can only assume that Mitchell is referring to player agents, who are known to stir the pot in terms of getting their players to demand more playing time or a more pronounced role on a team.

But Mitchell remained mysterious about exactly who he was talking about.

"The people who I'm saying it to, they know (who they are)," he said. "What I'm saying is, as you have success, you have people who, it's not their job to coach the players. They're trying to give them too much information."

Team veteran Jalen Rose, who has been the subject of numerous trade rumours and has been put in a reserve role for the Raptors, was at as much at a loss as the media as to whom his coach was referring.

"I've been around too long for somebody to tell me what to do," he said. "I don't call my girlfriend or my agent after a loss. I don't want to talk to anybody."







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