Sam Mitchell's Time Is Up in Toronto
Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports that the lack of effort shown by the team in Tuesday's 132-93 disaster against Denver set Bryan Colangelo's mind. If anything, the game highlighted what has become an abysmal Toronto defense, ranked 26th in the league in opponents points per possession. Last season, Toronto's D was slightly above average. You'd think adding Jermaine O'Neal, one of this era's elite post defenders, would help. It has not.
If you took a time machine to 2005 when Colangelo took Toronto's reigns, and you said Smitch -- the antithesis of the prototypical Colangelo coach -- would be around until December 2008, we would have all called you crazy. (I mean, you have a time machine and you're worried about the Toronto Raptors coaching job? Weirdo.) Mitchell stuck around longer than he had any business to, and he'll get another job. Hopefully his next gig will have a team that better fits his persona/philosophy (smashmouth, defensive basketball).
Triano becomes the league's first Canadian-born head coach. I have a hunch he's also the first NBA head coach who saw Rent on Broadway more than 10 times and whose favo(u)rite musician is Sarah McLachlan.