Mitchell opens it up

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

Sam Mitchell insists that he is not bothered by armchair critics who are coming out of the woodwork as the Raptors lose more and more games.

Still, the Raptors head coach said yesterday that he would like to open up a practice to the media, to demonstrate exactly what he is teaching.

As it stands now, many teams in the NBA do not allow the media to watch practice, the Raptors included, partly because there is very little room in the team's practice gym at the ACC.

"If we could practice in the ACC on the main floor and you guys could sit (quietly) and our guys wouldn't know you were there, I'd like for you guys to watch practice," Mitchell said. "I'd explain to you what we're doing, what we're thinking. Because I'm not ultra sensitive.

"I'm confident that what we're teaching and what we're trying to do are the right things," he added.

Mitchell said that not a day goes by when he doesn't receive a multitude of phone calls from people who want to pass on advice.

"When you're 1-14, you get all kinds of calls," he said. "When I go to bed at 11, I'm getting off the phone. When my phone starts ringing at 7 (a.m.), it's all different advice.

"The thing that I'm getting from the majority of people is, they watch our guys compete and they watch them give themselves a chance," he said. "And they watch them going up against guys that they don't know much about, they're inexperienced ... but they're fighting hard.

"At the end of the day, you can live with the mistakes if the result is these guys are going to give you everything they got.

"And some of the other stuff is going to come as they learn."

THE BREAKS

Mitchell said a number of Raptors losses are the result of bad luck as much as being out-played.

"A few lucky bounces here and there, a shot going in here and there, a shot not going in here and there, we'd have 5-6 wins," he said. "But the fact is, those things haven't happened and we have to keep dwelling on the positive things."


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