Sam Mitchell, the 2006-07 NBA Coach of the Year with the Toronto Raptors, is scheduled to interview for the 76ers' job, possibly as soon as this weekend, according to a source familiar with the Sixers' situation.
Mitchell coached the Raptors from 2004-05 through the first 17 games of 2008-09, compiling a record of 156-189. He took them to their first Atlantic Division title with 47 victories in '06-07.
Known as a tough, demanding, in-your-face style of coach, he has been an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats. He played for 13 seasons, 10 with the Minnesota Timberwolves, three with the Indiana Pacers.
He would be the third candidate to go through a formal interview, following current TNT analyst and former coach Doug Collins and current ESPN analyst and former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson. Sixers president/general manager Ed Stefanski is in the process of scheduling an interview sometime next week with Portland Trail Blazers assistant Monty Williams.
Current ESPN analyst and former player Mark Jackson declined an opportunity to meet with Stefanski.
Mitchell, 46, appeared in 994 games, averaging 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds; he missed just 40 games due to injuries during that span. He was the career scoring leader at Mercer University, becoming a third-round draft choice of the Houston Rockets in 1985. He played in the Continental Basketball Association, winning a championship with Rapid City (S.D.) and spending time in France before joining the expansion Timberwolves in 1989. *
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