HoopsHype Sam Mitchell rumors

March 14, 2012 Updates
February 4, 2012 Updates

Former NBA player and coach Sam Mitchell announced he will be hosting a new radio talk show, called "Time Out With Sam Mitchell" Friday evening during a press conference and meet and greet for fans at Buffalo Wild Wings in Columbus. The show is scheduled to debut Feb. 13 from the show's home studio at 1460 Fox sports radio. Mitchell said the show will address several subject areas, including news, sports and entertainment. The show will air Monday through Friday from 3-5pm and also be streamed live on foxsportsradio1460.com Ledger-Enquirer

December 7, 2011 Updates

Sam Mitchell, who had been an assistant last season, will be re-assigned to scouting duties this season. Carlesimo, the former Seton Hall coach, and former Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers head coach, will be Johnson's lead assistant, sitting next to Johnson and providing insight into the game coaching. Elie, a former teammate of Johnson's with the San Antonio Spurs who served as an assistant coach for him in Dallas, will be working with the guards, among other duties. "I’ve known (Johnson) for a long time," Carlesimo said. "I did not like playing against him or coaching against him. he’s a good friend. We had a conversation a couple of years ago: ‘If the opportunity was ever there, would I be interested?’ Of course, I said, ‘Yes.’ At that time, I never dreamt it would be here. I think that was significant. My like or respect for the Nets goes way, way back — to Teaneck, the Island Garden, the Nassau Coliseum, the Meadowlands and the whole spectrum. Newark Star-Ledger

November 2, 2011 Updates

The names I’ve heard are the leading candidates to join Avery Johnson’s staff are P.J. Carlesimo and Mario Elie – both of whom have relationships with Johnson. As we’ve written before Sam Mitchell probably won’t be back. But the Nets won’t do anything with their staff until the lockout is settled. Tom Barrise, Popeye Jones and Doug Overton return, of course. Bergen Record

October 31, 2011 Updates

The Nets haven't replaced Sam Mitchell on Avery Johnson's bench yet, waiting for the end of the lockout to make formal offers. But word is they'd very much like to talk to Kings assistant Mario Elie, Johnson's former teammate on the first Spurs' championship team and one of Elie's best friends in basketball. The Nets may also look at former Warriors coach Keith Smart. NBA.com

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

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