In part, this corner has a tremendous amount of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for the Toronto Raptors’ head coach, Sam Mitchell, on account of what he says in post-game pressers … like this.
A couple of nights ago the Orlando Magic, distributed their minutes evenly amongst their entire roster and, in the process, absolutely drubbed CSKA Moscow by 30 points … whereas, last night, the Raptors were life & death with this same team until the final minutes of the game, while giving extended PT to their principal players … i.e. Bosh, O’Neal & Calderon.
This corner may not always agree 100% with the decisions made by Coach Mitchell but … after a difficult 1st year at the helm of the Raptors, during which he had to learn a great deal about the type of emotional maturity it takes to function successfully, at this level of competition, as a head coach … he has shown that he has what it takes to be effective in this League, over a number of years, based upon who he is as a person and his Basketball Philosophy.
Kudos to him, last night, for his (i) Honesty and his (ii) Judgment in dealing with the players on his own team, who might not realize just yet that the clock at the ball is approaching midnight, fast, and Cinderella best be paying close attention, if she has designs on making it back home with both of her glass slippers on her feet.
Yes, indeed … the Wizard of Westwood taught us all, long ago, what a coach’s best friend is when it comes to dealing with certain players and their inability to carry out their responsibilities to the team properly.
“We’ve played with fewer numbers before.” – Sam Mitchell
Fact is … these eyes, ears, heart and mind like Sam Mitchell … a lot … on account of who he is. 🙂