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Old 12-17-2010, 10:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Stumpy & Grumpy: Beezer on former Raps coach

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Sam Mitchell is and was a lot of things: Hard-working NBA journeyman, NBA coach of the year, family man, crazed golf fanatic.

I’m not exactly sure what kind of a coach he was — I’m not one of them basketball know-it-alls — but I do know that current Raptors coach Jay Triano has only good things to say about the man.

“I learned an awful lot from him,” Triano said.

“He delegated a lot of responsibility so we could grow as coaches. That was the first thing he said when he hired us — he hoped that we would be a head coach one day. And that was the same thing he said the day he got fired — he wished us all the best and hoped that we’d get a chance to become a head coach.”

Sam cared about his coaches and his players (though he apparently nearly thrashed a couple ... hello Rafer Alston) and pretended to hate us media guys, but I don’t think he really did.

He always gave us crap for not going to church on Sundays, for drinking too much (he called us “beer guzzlas”) and for dressing like slobs.

He was one of the funniest, most politically incorrect guys ever.

For that, we are forever grateful.

He was born and raised in Georgia and went through a lot of stuff growing up, but, to me, he was completely colour blind.

If he didn’t like you, no matter what your race or creed, you were doomed to an avalanche of (usually very funny) ridicule.

With Sam, there were no sacred cows.

He almost always said what was on his mind



Raptors prepare to welcome former coach Sam Mitchell

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The Raptors had just beaten the Atlanta Hawks 88-83 behind 30 points and 10 rebounds from perennial all-star Chris Bosh and more than 19,000 fans filed out of the Air Canada Centre on that Friday night in November 2008, feeling quite pleased with how things were going.

The Raptors had an 8-7 record, had won back-to-back games and the future looked bright. Coach Sam Mitchell was pleased as well.

His team was coming off two straight post-season appearances, he’d been the NBA’s coach of the year just two years earlier, he was a season and a bit into a lucrative contract extension and was settling into what some thought would be a long and accomplished career.

But it turned out to the last game Mitchell ever coached for the Raptors in Toronto. Two losses into a road trip out west he was fired, and it was the last time he worked in the Air Canada Centre.

Until Friday night.


NBA: Andrea Bargnani looking to show his giant talent at London 02 with Toronto Raptors



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Bargnani, 25, is the Toronto Raptors' high-scoring Italian power forward who is a towering 7ft tall.

He is due at the O2 Arena in March when the Raptors play the New jersey Nets in back-to-back NBA games in the first-ever regular season matches in Europe.

Bargnani has been tipped for stardom since being the first overall pick of the NBA Draft in 2006.

That placed in him illustrious company, following in the footsteps of the likes of LeBron James (2003), Shaquille O'Neal (1992) and Magic Johnson (1979).

And now the Raptors have lost Chris Bosh to Miami Heat, Bargnani has stepped up to become their new star player.

This season the Italian has averaged over 21 points per game - up from the 17.2 ppg last season.




Raptors hope to maintain hold on Nets

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Though Toronto (9-17) has averaged 107.8 points and shot 54.4 per cent during its five-game winning streak over the Nets, Chris Bosh was in the lineup for all but one of those contests. With Bosh now playing for Miami, the Raptors no longer have a superstar presence.

Toronto has lost two in a row and six of seven after falling 110-93 at home to Chicago on Wednesday.

It marked the second straight game in which Toronto, averaging 102.0 points, was held to fewer than 95.

The Raptors knew they were outplayed against the Bulls, but also admitted they were physically inferior at both ends of the court, and that's happened more than once this season.

"It's embarrassing and I don't like it," said Raptors guard Jerryd Bayless, who had 20 points. "I'm not used to it and I'm not going to stand for it. We've got to get better."





Sunshine Girl - 17.12.10


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SUNshine Girl Caroline, 21, won't be around to see her photograph because she's gone to Australia for the winter. For the geographically challenged, it's really warm Down Under right now. This 5-foot-8 Sagittarius admits she can't play sport, so she likes hangin' with the ladies and travelling. Enjoy the winter, Caroline. We'll be thinking about you!

RF girl du jour: Laetitia Casta




RF Man candy: Craig, Daniel Craig


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Old 12-17-2010, 10:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmmmm, SSG is cute.
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmmmm, SSG is cute.
+ 1 not bad....

Whew the Raptor Dish caffeine rush finally sets in...I can go back to work now...

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Old 12-17-2010, 11:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've loved Laetitia for a LONG, long time. :swoooon:
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We meet again, Daniel Craig. And you're just as fine the second time.

Two days, two decent SSG pictures. Someone give the photographer a raise.

Although, what's with the lack of SSG profile, Acie? Does she also have a wretchedly-spelled name that will upset me?
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Laetitia is just naturally beautiful

gotta admit that Daniel Craig looks kick-ass in the new Cowboys and Aliens film...never seen him look better

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We meet again, Daniel Craig. And you're just as fine the second time.

Two days, two decent SSG pictures. Someone give the photographer a raise.

Although, what's with the lack of SSG profile, Acie? Does she also have a wretchedly-spelled name that will upset me?
Her name us soleil.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Although, what's with the lack of SSG profile, Acie? Does she also have a wretchedly-spelled name that will upset me?
this one is on me, Taz as i am filling in the big man's shoes.

anyways, noted and corrected thanks.
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We should just start making the write-ups ourselves.

This 15-year old stunner loves horseback-riding and wearing ninja costumes to kids birthday parties. Aside from working as a full-time hand model, Soleil is a 5-time spelling bee champion so watch your words, boys! One word for her? Shazam!

Or some such crap.
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Seriously?
Don't know, but I take it that name upsets you? Lol
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Don't know, but I take it that name upsets you? Lol
It's an irritating name ... sorry.
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this one is on me, Taz as i am filling in the big man's shoes.

anyways, noted and corrected thanks.
Ah, nuts. Sorry Fancy.

I didn't mean to needle you or anything, eh? I was just wondering ...
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Her name us soleil.
Oh, her name is CAROLINE! You're such a jerk!
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It's an irritating name ... sorry.
Why be sorry, it's a horrible name.
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none of the girls do it for me today...they are pretty i guess but not my type.
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actually, that's a great name for a girl !...unusual and sexy
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actually, that's a great name for a girl !...unusual and sexy
Well, Soleil Moon Frye is kinda hot.
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SSG is a 6. Casta needs a sandwhich... All hate aside, I'd hit em both
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SSG is a 6. Casta needs a sandwhich... All hate aside, I'd hit em both
...if you make her a sandwich, can I have one too?
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