Avery knew Mitchell, but he was closer to Horry. Their families lived in the same Houston neighborhood, and Avery had a close-up view of Horry’s challenge. “Heartbreaking,” is how Avery termed it.
Mike Mitchell Rumors
This week should remind everyone of the frailties of the rich and tall. There will be a memorial service today for another former Spur, Mike Mitchell, who passed away at the age of 55. And Horry’s 17-year-old daughter, Ashlyn, died Tuesday after a lifelong struggle with a rare genetic condition. “People forget this sometimes,” Avery Johnson said Wednesday, “but we aren’t exempt. We go to weddings; we go to funerals. Maybe because we play a game, fans don’t think our lives are just like theirs.”
Mike Mitchell, fifth on the Spurs all time career scoring list, died Thursday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 55. Mitchell was surrounded by family and friends and many former Spurs teammates. Mitchell, who teamed with George Gervin in the early 80’s, was known for his smooth, high-arching shot. He scored over 10,000 points in his 10-year NBA career. Mitchell was third in 40-point scoring games in Spurs history behind George Gervin and David Robinson. He continued to play for many years after leaving the Spurs in Europe. He played until he was in his mid 40’s.