Smitch Still Has Much To Learn as Raptors Coach
Old 10-21-2008, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Smitch Still Has Much To Learn as Raptors Coach

Just read this blog from the Bleacher Report where Robert Seagal doesn't think Sam's all that and a bag of chips when it comes to his coaching career so far.

Overall, would you guys say that Sam has improved over the last couple seasons as a coach or regressed?

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When defending Sam Mitchell, people are quick to point to the hardware he collected for the Raptors' improvement in 2006-07.

However, considering much of coaching involves player rotation management, player development, play-calling and intelligence, one might argue that Sam Mitchell has been far from spectacular in his first four seasons as the Raptor's head coach.

His resume includes two trips to the playoffs, two trips to the draft lottery including an atrocious first season (33-49) and an even worse second season (27-55). Surely any unproven rookie coach who started his coaching career (60-104) would be fired without hesitation.

When one factors in the numerous chemistry issues including a rumored altercation with former star player Vince Carter, a public blow-up from Rafer Alston and the fact that aside from Chris Bosh, not one young player has developed into anything worth noting since 2003 and one would have more luck understanding George Bush's foreign policies than attempting to crack the code on Mitchell's coaching philosophy.


Fortunately for Mitchell, he's never taken the fall for his shortcomings. Former GM Rob Babcock was first. Joey Graham, who was once considered a solid prospect and a potential lottery pick has now been labeled an absolute bust. Andrea Bargnani has vented his frustration over his up-and-down position on the Raptor Roster and surely one cannot blame this one on Babcock's inadequacy because Bargnani was a Colangelo pick. Instead, it's been Bargnani who's taken the fall for not being able to shoot or rebound.

It seems that in the NBA coaches seem to take the fall when things go badly and superstars are glorified when things go well. This hasn't happened to Mitchell.
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Old 10-21-2008, 11:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Whether he's gotten better or worse, I still love him.

(Girliest answer ever, I realize.)
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Old 10-21-2008, 11:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I like Sam Mitchell as a coach and think that he's gotten better,especially as a communicator.But is he good enough for a team that wants to start competing for a championship?I honestly don't think so.And i think this year might be the end of Sam in Toronto.Just because i don't think our bench is deep at all and if Jose,JO goes down with any significant injury this could be a long year.

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Heehee.....

Short answer--Smitch is easily one the worst coaches in the NBA.

His coaching abilities alone, last year, cost the team at least 3 games in terms of defensive schemes, substitution paterns, etc.

Playoffs alone, no coach in their right mind would roll the dice on starting a player at the SF with no in game practice of doing so.
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Heehee.....

Short answer--Smitch is easily one the worst coaches in the NBA.

His coaching abilities alone, last year, cost the team at least 3 games in terms of defensive schemes, substitution paterns, etc.

Playoffs alone, no coach in their right mind would roll the dice on starting a player at the SF with no in game practice of doing so.
OK, with that being said how long will his leash be this season? If this team is healthy but struggling badly come X-mas, does he get fired?
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OK, with that being said how long will his leash be this season? If this team is healthy but struggling badly come X-mas, does he get fired?
If the team is healthy and starts under 400 by 20 games in with no sign of getting it together,(play still looking inconsistent, etc) Sam is gone.
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Raps look very mechanical. There is no creativity on offence.

If it wasnt for Bosh, we would be a lottery team. Bottom 5 actually.

It's a coaches job to put players in a position to succeed. Poor usage of Kapono, Hump, Bargs come to mind. There has to be another play other than..

High pick and ...where's the roll?...oh no...gotta find a player...CHUCK!
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I think that honestly with Sam Mitchell as the head coach of this team, the most we can accomplish is a second round exit. That being said, we can't fire him yet because from what I have seen he has shown signs of improvement. He has grown with the team, just like a young coach should.

We have the best of the best management in my opinion with Colangelo at the GM position. Once Sam Mitchell is done as Raptors head coach, which will occur before the Raptors win a championship- Colangelo will hire a new coach and then we can look at this team as a serious contender.

Right now, with the roster we have- as much as I hate to say it we won't win much in the Playoffs. Maybe if Sam keeps improving and JO stays healthy and so does the team then maybe just maybe chemistry can propel us to an ECF appearance. (Best case scenario)
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Need I even say anything?

Observe the Raps against CSKA or the Lakers. Note the difference in offensive flow and defensive execution. Players come and go every year, but until we have someone like Messina or Jackson running the team, the Raptors are going to look clueless out there.
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Smitch blows....

This has been beaten to death...
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