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Old 02-04-2009, 12:00 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by bjjs View Post
Indeed. There is a tiny bit of satisfaction, which is heavily outweighed by the team sucking, but nonetheless. a tiny bit of satisfaction in seeing the team plunder after Mitch was fired. Their were just so many Smitch-haters who have no real idea what basketball coaching is about, and it's nice having the told-you-so card that comes with being a huge Sam Mitchell fan.

Yes Mitchell was inexperienced, and yes he made quite a few coaching mistakes because of that inexperience. But he always demanded the respect of his players, and for the most part he got that. And because of that, he always got their best efforts.
Did he lose the team? Maybe. Was it too early to tell? Definitely. Would we have a better record with him still at the helm? There is no doubt in my mind.

With the recent team's struggles, it only makes it more clear in my mind that he never had the appropriate lead assistant helping him out, which is what a inexperienced head coach needs.
I have problems with everything that I've bolded here.

He always got their best efforts?? If that's the case then we've been watching 2 different Raps teams over the past 5 years.

Too early to tell? The team stumbled into the playoffs at the end of last season and looked listless THIS season.

We'd have a better record right now with him at the helm? HOW???? With no Jose and JO? The guy isn't Jesus lol... he can't work miracles.

Blaming his failings on the lack of a lead assistant is just... weak.

Sorry... I don't buy it.
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