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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 at 5:19 pm  |  85 responses

Breaking: Sam Mitchell Fired!

by Lang Whitaker

One of my favorite coaches in League history, if only for his fiery press conferences and stubborn insistence on running the same play over and over and over, has been fired. According to Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!! Sports, the Toronto Raptors have ended the Sam Mitchell era following last night’s 39-point demolition at the hands of the Denver Nuggets. Former Canadian National Team coach and current Raptors assistant Jay Triano will assume head coaching duties.

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  • bojangles

    first

  • MeloMan13

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Candice

    All I can is wow.

  • MeloMan13

    i give u guys props bcuz im in toronto and i litterally heard 5 mins ago.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic Fredd

    I am not so surprised to realize that most of you, americans, did not love this coach … ( as he was not a good player too ) … the fact that is Fired is probably his best move so far.

  • MeloMan13

    but this is wack. hes the tuffest person in the organization and he groomed chris bosh into the superstar he is now. this team is gona b extremely soft now. i hope he gets another job soon and comes back here and lays us a whoopin.
    RIP Smitch

  • Wongtouski

    IT’S ABOUT TIME!

    BC go call Avery.

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    Sorry for Sam, but at the same time uber-happy for my main man Jay Triano.

  • James aka…

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSs

  • underdog

    Well, I could point some coach in theL, who deserve more to be fired than Sam. Anyway I’m sure he’ll find another job in the NBA sooner than later.

  • c4au

    FINALLYYYY!!! should’ve gotten fired 2 years ago when the raps lost tot he nets in the playoffs!

  • http://10assistspergame.blogspot.com Rey-Rey

    It’s too bad. They had a chance to get D’Antoni before. Ha ha.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker
  • http://twitter.com/jswaby Jason

    That’s serious. I knew it was bad, but not THIS bad. Lates Sam.

  • LA Huey

    Avery or Eddie?

  • Gumdrop

    Man, I feel shell-shocked. Sam may have had his faults as a head coach, but he’s a good motivator and a good man. I really don’t know how to feel about this.

  • Blinguo

    “What the hell is yahoo sports?!” /before anyone else. And the Dirty 30 comment about “Happy Holidays Sam Mitchell!” looks ominous, messed up, and… Lang did it.

  • The Ghost of Wilt Chamberlain

    JVG!

  • vmcb

    wowwwwwwwwwwww. I’m shocked.

  • Jackie Moon

    Eric Musselman!

  • Boing Dynasty

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  • Boing Dynasty

    Eddie Jordan.

  • MeloMan13

    after yesterdays game i kind of had a feeling. he looked so sad after the loss…like he knew wat was cumin

  • futurematic

    FREE JOEY GRAHAM!

  • Jess

    this is f*cking ridiculous..ok so if the raps keep playing like this we will go through a record amount of coaches…i am so pissed right now…worst bday gift ever….im gonna miss SMitch…I think Colangelo should take some of the blame..he put the team together…SMitch worked with what he had…SMitch gone…wouldnt be suprised if some trades were to follow……

  • Quail

    he wins coach of the year 2 years ago, then the team loses a couple games and they fire him? that kinda makes me mad.

  • AZ

    In response to MeloMan13′s comment, nobody should ever spell “coming” as “cuming” ever again. Hire Lenny Wilkins!

  • vmcb

    Actually, this saddens/angers me. I really liked Sam, despite his lack of creativity on offense. Of course this team is going to struggle defending the perimeter when they’re depending on Anthony Parker, Moon (who seems like he doesn’t care anymore), Kapono, and Joey Graham.

  • Marcel Mutoni

    man, this is really gonna hurt hair pomade sales in the greater toronto area.

  • http://www.ykba.com MatadorD

    Thank, Sam! BC work your magic!!!!

  • Jess

    magic as in…..bring in some friggin defence lol….DEFENCE…come on we all know Jason Kapono isnt winning defensive POY anytime soon…im gonna miss press conferences…and daily media with SMitch…come on BC – you’re better than that.

  • wilz

    as sad as this is, and as much as we loved sam mitchell, i think it was time. the playcalling has looked horrendous these past weeks, and teams are exposing all of toronto’s weaknesses. this team wasn’t built for sam mitchell. his guys weren’t buying in effectively. sam needs a team of bruisers who are gonna play tough D. the only reason they had any success this season was because of outstanding games by chris bosh and calderon…and sometimes someone else.

    i just hope this doesn’t send the team into a downward spriral that snuffs out the high hopes going into the season…

  • wilz

    oh, and eddie jordan? cmon, what has he done. avery over eddie any day

  • Bubba Chuck

    ya nuggets massacred them!

  • RM

    The Raptors are in disarray. A 40-point loss is inexcusable. I’m embarrassed to be a Raptors fan. Get to work, Bryan Colangelo.

  • Coolwhip416

    I walk past Sam on my way to work sometimes (I work downtown TO), don’t know if you know this but he has a very pronounced pimp walk…I mean he’s like 6’7 and it’s real exaggerated.
    Jay Triano is NOT an NBA level coach

  • dark_ghost

    Eddie Jordan? Avery?

    Nah..they’re gonna give TRIANO a shot,
    as they should.

    The man can flat out coach.

    And if you don’t know, now you know…

    Thank you for everything Sam!

    LET THE TRIANO ERA BEGIN!!!

  • Gumdrop

    Not sure how you think you know that Coolwhip, but sure.

  • AZ

    I see him Toronto sometimes too. Him and Pinball Clemons are pure G’s no less

  • http://slamonline.com Sean

    I’m really going to miss Sam, I found out the news on my teams bus after a basketball game today and I had to rush home and check slam to see if it were true. It’s a shame, that loss yesterday wasn’t his fault either, the Raptors just didn’t show up. Thanks Sam!!!

  • Orlando Green

    Finally…Eddie Jordan…lol..you might as well hire Marbury as the coach…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Sam Mitchell had a good run, but it was time to bring in a new coach. Raptors should get Avery Johnson, unless Jay Triano steps it up and starts helping our club win some ball games.
    Now if only Team Canada could boot Leo Rautins and have Jay Triano coach again… Still wouldn’t help much, but maybe Steve Nash would play again!

  • tealish

    Vince Carter is smiling somewhere.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Helloooooo, lottery.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Russ, that was very premature. The Raps will still make the playoffs, in my opinion. Maybe that was sarcastic . . . ?

  • SAKEPASSE

    Not to get too “racial” (No JHOWARD/National Anthem debate), but does it not seem that African American coaches have a shorter leash to succeed in comparison to their Caucasian brethren. i.e. George Karl, Don Nelson, Mike Dunleavy vs. Eddie Jordan, Sam Mitchell, soon to follow Reggie Theus and another coach of the year Byron Scott.

    Speaking of Byron Scott, still amazing that he got canned in less than 1/2 a season after taking the team to two back to back unprecedented Finals. In contrast, L. Frank nice guy, decent with x and o but has failed in so many aspects of a coach (respect of players, getting team mentally prepared, effort, etc. and no repeat trip to Finals) but somehow he is the longest tenured coach in the Eastern Conference….things like that makes you wonder whether or not Martin’s dream has truly been realized where we are judge not by the color of our skin but the content of our character or at least wins. (One exception to above is “Supercat” with nine-lives Mike Woodson)…..okay back to the regularly scheduled programming.

  • BETCATS

    Lawerence Frank and Rick Carlise still got jobs? Really?

  • http://chugachugachugachuchu.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    chugchugachucgachugachoochoo is my newest site until i join the ‘Bachi

  • Will Lee

    Bryant Reeves

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    BETCATS, sorry about the delay. We know you’re eager to write. I think that only DP can send you the email to join, since it’s technically his blog. And if Hursty’s sending it, he’s in AUS, so it could take a little longer with the time zones. If you want to post something NOW, email me, and I’ll post it for you. Just don’t tell anyone my address or real name, cool? You already have my email address, anyways.

  • Andrew

    does this mean he’s allowed to use swear words now?

  • Beastwood

    c’mon guys….i mean…c’mon guys…i am sam mitchell…the sexiest coach in the League…c’mon guys….

  • Sparker

    praise da lord

  • Onions Baby Onions

    What the fu(k!!! That is one of the stupidest moves in sports history…great coach, been with Bosh since just about day one, and they fire him after one terrible game! I’ve always believed (excluding Boston and Miami 2 yrs ago) that the best teams are the ones that keep their core together, INCLUDING the coach…damn this sucks

  • The Last Kings Fan

    Fredd’s comment makes no sense….congratulations! and Eddie Jordan won’t be out of a job for long

  • http://www.slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Sad, sad day…. and yes, i lost sleep waiting for this. :(

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    BET I have admin privileges. You’ve been sent another email. Maybe check junk or something? Its definitely been sent.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Poor Holly. :(

  • http://danilika.blogspot.com Dan Ilika

    It’s a shame to see him go, but the team is off to another slow start and Colangelo had to make an executive decision. I think it’s a bad call, but a call that needed to be made nonetheless.

  • http://thearcoftime.com james

    what the hell is yahoo sports?

  • doyouwantmore

    They could have done this a long time ago and it would have been a smart and prudent decision. Now it’s just reactionary. That’s how organizations start falling apart. Yikes.

  • airs

    can the bulls freakin pick up one of these coaches.
    PUH-LEEEEZ?!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    lol Moose, why don’t you want people to know your real name?

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    avery, eddie, sam, paul.. great coaches without jobs. how did vinny del negro become a coach before avery or paul?

  • http://fjsdklf.com Jukai

    ….Wait, what?

  • http://fjsdklf.com Jukai

    You’re kidding, right?

  • Jack

    Ha goooooo Nuggets!! =)=)

  • price

    The firing was no surprise, but not the answer. Other than Bosh, Calderon has no one to pass to who can score on a consistent basis, they should throw a second rounder to Oakland for Morrow to backup Parker, or a combination of Big Italy, and another raptor guard for someone decent who can actually help.

  • http://www,triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I’d like to see what would happen if Sam Mitchell took over in PHX for the ailing TPort.

  • niQ

    i duno what to think of this. will a new coach help the team?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Stupid is as stupid does….

  • floe

    sam had one of the best persona’s in the league but bottom line as a coach he sucked balls.

  • Codeman

    It’s about friggin time. Smitch is a good coach and will find another job sooner rather than later, with that being said, he is just not the right fit 4 this team @ this point in time. Thx 4 the sound bites Sam. BC knows what he’s doin so just lay off guys!!!!

  • ktokyo

    Sam Mitchell is a class act. I hope he finds a new coaching job soon.

  • ktokyo

    On that note – so is Jay Triano. I hope he can turn the Raps around.

  • Bryant Reeves

    YES!

  • http://nbaukfan.blogspot.com/ mat smith

    ill give you Porter for Sam anyday

  • watchout

    It’s about damn time. Sam Mitchell is a horrible coach, was a horrible player (google his NBA career stats), and he’s a horrible guy. He’s a jerk to the media, and he treats others as if they are all below him. He benched Chris Humphries for no good reason (yes, he isn’t an all-star, but he’s still friggin’ good- GIVE HIM A CHANCE!). Anyway, when I heard this, I jumped out of my seat with joy. Finally, it’s about time. Good on ya, Bryan Colangelo.

  • JM

    I’m with The Ghost of Wilt Chamberlain…
    JVG!!!!!!JVG!!!!!!!!JVG!!!!!!!!!!

  • Affleck

    Thank god
    Sam “one play” Mitchell is gone
    Have you ever seen a more pathetic offense?
    I will miss his candidness with the media though. I liked him off the court. However, you can’t have a team with this much talent be underachieving like they have been.
    Colangelo has made brilliant moves. I expect this will be another

  • bojangles

    rick adelman would have been a good choice if we fired him earlier

  • MeloMan13

    @watchout: stop hatin. if it wern’t for sam, bosh wudn’y be wat he is now, calderon wuda let kg clap in his face with no response and there would’nt be an atlantic division champ banner in the acc… sho da man respect he deserves

  • http://www.garrettelliott.com Garrett

    They should have fired Sam a few years ago, but then he miraculously won Coach of The Year. The Raptors should look at Flip Saunders if they’re in need of offense — he’s a wizard.

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