HoopsHype Sam Mitchell rumors

September 14, 2011 Updates

The labor negotiations are faltering, but that hasn't stopped the Nets from shaking up their coaching staff. Top assistant Sam Mitchell is unlikely to return next season, according to a source, leaving open a spot at the front of the bench for ex-Seton Hall coach P.J. Carlesimo. New York Daily News

September 9, 2011 Updates
August 23, 2011 Updates

The Wolves brass worked for weeks to get Adelman to come in for more than a phone interview. If he wants the job, and they can agree on a salary, the job is probably his. The salary would probably have to be around $5 million per year. Adelman joins Don Nelson and Sam Mitchell, likely, as the team's top candidates. The 65-year-old Adelman has taken time off during his career, and the thought is he might want to take another year off to spend time with his family. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

August 20, 2011 Updates

Everybody in the league I have talked with in recent weeks would be more than surprised, though, if Adelman agrees to coach the Wolves. If he declines, the Wolves then will move ahead with the process and probably choose either Nelson or Mitchell for the job. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

August 10, 2011 Updates
August 5, 2011 Updates

Former Timberwolves player Sam Mitchell will meet Monday with club owner Glen Taylor and president of basketball operations David Kahn to discuss the team's vacant head coaching position, according to a person with knowledge of the team's search to replace Kurt Rambis. Mitchell, 47, is an assistant with the New Jersey Nets. He was NBA coach of the year in 2006-07 when he led Toronto to a 47-35 record and the team's first playoff berth in five years. Mitchell, who played 10 of his 13 NBA seasons with the Wolves, coached Toronto for four years before he was fired 17 games into the 2007-08 season after the team's 8-9 start. St. Paul Pioneer Press

August 3, 2011 Updates
July 25, 2011 Updates

New Jersey Nets assistant coach Sam Mitchell and entrepreneur Marc Upshaw have been asked why they don’t just save themselves a drive and hold their annual camps closer to their homes in the Atlanta area. But Upshaw said there is something more important than convenience that keeps drawing them back to their hometown of Columbus each year and keeps their organization, the SaMarc Foundation, busy locally with events like this week’s fully booked seventh annual Sam Mitchell “Dream and Achieve” Youth Basketball Camp at Columbus State’s Lumpkin Center. “This is home,” Upshaw said. “Columbus is where we were both born and raised. A lot of kids who are participating in our foundation and what we have been involved with are underprivileged kids who are from the same area and the same environment we were from. We want to be able to give back to homes and to the kids and community there.” Ledger-Enquirer

“We tried to find people who have been successful in their respective fields and who have grown up here in Columbus,” Upshaw said. “A lot of people we knew when we were growing up spoke to us and inspired us, and now we actually want to bring in some doctors, lawyers, bank presidents and police officers to inspire the kids at the camp.” This year’s camp also will have a new offer: a trip for 16 campers to New York City. “We are going to select 16 of this year’s campers and fly them up to New York and give them a tour for the city for two days and try to expose them to some of the places they might never dreamed of going,” Upshaw said. “We want to show them something different.” Ledger-Enquirer

July 12, 2011 Updates
June 24, 2011 Updates

Meanwhile, the other word circulating in basketball circles was that Sam Mitchell and Kelvin Sampson also have been among considerations to replace Rambis. Rambis' firing appears imminent. A little birdie says Mitchell, the former Timberwolves player who was the NBA's coach of the year in 2006-07 with the Toronto Raptors, had a lengthy, informal meeting with a top Wolves official after the season. St. Paul Pioneer Press

June 23, 2011 Updates
May 8, 2011 Updates

A source close to the situation told 1500 ESPN former Toronto Raptors head coach and current New Jersey Nets assistant Sam Mitchell would jump at the opening, although he'd be a long shot to get the job. ESPN.com

December 22, 2010 Updates
December 17, 2010 Updates

“I’ve got a lot of good moments with Sam, and bad moments, too,” Calderon joked. “Even my rookie year, it was tough with him. I think it was my English. He couldn’t understand me so it was kind of tough the whole year around. “After, it was a great relationship. I think I understood what he wanted me to do on the court and every day it was better. I have only good things to say about him. He was a good coach for me.” Toronto Star

We’re in Oklahoma City and after a morning shootaround, it’s time to walk up and see the memorial to the bombing and Sam Mitchell is on the walk with me, Stumpy and Eric and Jonesy, as I recall. It’s a moving experience and we’re all kind of silent when we’re walking around a place where such evil was perpetuated on innocent victims. Sam’s as choked up as any of us and as we’re walking out, he says something to the effect of: “Thanks for asking me to come; we need to be reminded that evil can grow anywhere in the world.” Toronto Star

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.