Raptors' head coach Sam Mitchell was named the NBA's coach of the year yesterday. After guiding the Raps to their first Atlantic Division title, Mitchell is absolutely worthy of the award.
I've always enjoyed Mitchell's style. He's a stubborn SOB. However, you can't help but like the guy. He's never afraid to talk down to the media and unlike Toronto's previous coaches (O'Neil, Wilkens, Carter, Walker, and Malone), Mitchell's got character.
This year, he was able to take a team with many new faces and turn them into one of the most unselfish and cohesive units the NBA has ever seen. Mitchell deserves all the credit as well as GM Bryan Collangello.
Here's the irony:
In March, 2006, Sports Illustrated conducted a poll of 248 players, asking them who was the worst coach in the NBA. Mitchell topped the list with 15% of the vote. Goes to show you how circumstances can change in the blink of an eye.
Congrats Sam! Let's Go Raptors!