English history lesson

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

Raptors assistant coach Alex English, arguably the most famous player in Denver Nuggets history, will be involved in a couple of events during the NBA's all-star weekend in the Mile High City next month. English has been recruited to be one of the assistant coaches for the rookies-versus-sophomores game. And English also has been approached about participating in the team shooting competition that pairs a legendary NBA player with a current WNBA star.

"It's such a big weekend now, with all the festivities and celebrities," English said. "Part of me would appreciate just having the time off, but I am looking forward to it."

Raptors sophomore forward Chris Bosh will be taking part in the rookies-versus-sophomores game, provided he isn't chosen for the main all-star game.

Rookie forward Matt Bonner was disappointed he was passed over, but as he pointed out, "I'll be in Denver anyway for players association meetings." Bonner is the Raptors' union rep.

BACK HOME, SORT OF

Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell had been hired to be the top assistant coach for the expansion Charlotte Bobcats before Toronto came knocking last summer. Many observers believe that had Mitchell remained with the Bobcats, he would have been groomed to take over bench duties in a few years from current coach/general manager Bernie Bickerstaff.

"It was talked about," said Mitchell, whose Raptors played the Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C., last night.

"No one promised anything, but they said if I did what they hired me to do and worked hard, that might be an opportunity.

"That short month with Bernie, I learned a lot. I felt very close to the people here (in Charlotte). If it had been anything other than an NBA head-coaching opportunity that came along, I never would have left."


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