Raps GM still positive

MIKE GANTER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

Raptors general manager Rob Babcock was busy doing a little damage control yesterday, the day after another winnable game slipped through his club's grasp.

With the record now a woeful 1-14, the inevitable questions about head coach Sam Mitchell's status with the club were raised.

Babcock quickly put any such concerns to rest not only giving Mitchell a vote of confidence but his entire coaching staff as well.

"He's doing a good job," Babcock said of his head coach. "His coaches are doing a good job and doing everything in our plan that we have asked them to do. That's all you can do. You just keep plugging away."

While he can't look to the team's won/loss record for any indicators, Babcock says he is comfortable in the knowledge that his young club is progressing.

"What we have to focus on is we're a whole lot better in the past seven games than we were over the first seven," said Babcock choosing to ignore that stinker the Raptors put on in Oakland Saturday against Golden State.

"We've made major strides with the exception of the Golden State game which was a blur hopefully," he said. "Unacceptable but understandable in that it was the fourth game out of five days on the road. For a lot of our young guys, it was the first time they had gone through something like that.

"Outside of that we have been in every game right down to the wire with a chance to win and almost every one of those games was against a quality team, a playoff-contending team. You have to take solace in the effort knowing that we have enough in order to compete in this league and compete with playoff calibre teams."

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Mitchell meanwhile was in no mood to discuss his own long-term future with the club. "

"Why are we going to talk about that," Mitchell fired back when the subject was brought up.

"If I'm not worried about that why should you? I appreciate your concern but I'm OK."


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