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Is Sam still the man for Raptors?
Sun, May 6, 2007

Raptors General manager Bryan Colangelo wants Sam Mitchell back as head coach.

Mitchell -- the NBA coach of the year after leading the Raptors to a 20-win improvement -- wants to return.

The players say they want him to return.

But guess what? There is a good chance he won't return.

Marketplace will decide if he stays on



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I slightly agree and slightly disagree with Gordon's post.

Colangelo isn't so much a man who possesses a high "basketball IQ", rather than he is a savvy businessman. Thus affirming your point of him being, "one of the brightest minds".

He certainly has made the future look plentiful for the Raptors.

His re-hiring of Mitchell was a must, and I'm glad things were taken care of sooner rather than later.

Sam is the man for Toronto. As long as the team keeps busting their backsides on the court, I see no need to be curious whether Mitchell is or isn't the man.
Al, 2007-05-22 10:51:58

Bryan Colangelo, who is one of the brightest minds in basketball re-signed Mitchell, so there you go.

Nobody posting here has anywhere near the basketball IQ of Colangelo (including me).
Gordon S., 2007-05-19 19:10:25

I love the caption photo with Mitchell's hand pursed next to his face in a "we'll talk" fixture.

I think he's funny in his post-game interviews but as a coach in the NBA, I'm not sure he's top of the heap. He might be a good motivator, but he's not a good x's and o's kind of guy. He's too predictable.

If he rolls out, I'm fine with that. If he signs back on, maybe he'll clue into some things. Everyone needs experience.

As for people criticizing the Raps players, I can only agree so little. Injuries were a legit. reason why this team couldn't pull further. The only real selfish players on this team are Juan Dixon and TJ Ford. However, I don't slight Ford too highly because sometimes he's doing this to shake things up. Dixon, however, is a mess.

Seriously, if next year isn't another stellar year I'd be very surprised. Within three years the Raps will be top two in the East for probably the next 5-7 years (Bosh and Bargnani's prime).

Yeah, you'll see!
See ya Sammy!, 2007-05-08 14:42:27

Sam's done a great job with an essentially new team. The Raps have not yet reached their potential in playoffs but just shows how much more intense playoffs are. Give them some slack. NJ was an underacheiving team during season that's finally come to but assuming they get by Raps will go no further. No character, no heart! playsrjrofowr Rra
Chassy guy, 2007-05-02 13:36:28

Steve Simmons is an idiot. He's the last one to jump on the Raptors Bandwagon, and the first one to throw the coach under it!!
Steve, 2007-05-01 21:20:01

no, the players suck big time - no coach can fix it - they seem scared, plus I think that they are losing to a better team.
vegaspro, 2007-05-01 18:55:39

I think the onus for this series falls entirely on the players. They have been missing open looks. They have been playing selfish ball. They have been missing lay-ups. They have been taking their time on transition D. At what point are ple players held culpable for misfiring on all levels?
Ben, 2007-05-01 17:16:03

I am not a die hard Raps fan but I think that the Raptors over achieved during the regular season and that led to people thinking they are better than they really are at this stage of the rebuilding. They are a good young team with a bright future but are not a serious contender to go all the way yet. They still need a few more pieces like a centre so Bosh can go back to forward. I am a fan and hope they can continue to improve each year. Go Raps Go!!!!

Leafs Better do something this summer to make the playoffs next year or the Raps will be the new team in Toronto to go see play and watch on tv.
jimmy, 2007-05-01 17:02:34

Sam Mitchell should not be retained by the Toronto Raptors unless he leads them a miraculous turnaround.

The reality is Mitchell has had numerous embarrassing situations arise with his team during his time in Toronto. Just this season his coaching staff lost track of the score in a game in Atlanta.

The blowout nature of these losses, anyone else losing by 20 to 30 points, shows a team unprepared and Mitchell has had three years to learn the job and played in playoffs as a player numerous times. His team's lack of energy is unforgiveable.
Wade Tomlin, 2007-05-01 16:14:41

Who says the Raptors are even done? Remember the Red Sox from '04?
Mike, 2007-05-01 15:11:08

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