Tuesday , May , 22 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors sign Mitchell to new contract

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors have rewarded reigning NBA
Coach of the Year Sam Mitchell with a new contract.

Terms were not disclosed.

In his third season as the Raptors’ head coach, Mitchell led Toronto to its
first Atlantic Division title and a franchise-record-tying 47 wins in 2006-07.
The Raptors earned the third seed in the Eastern Conference and home court
advantage in the playoffs for the first time in team history. That was a
dramatic turnaround, as the Raptors went just 27-55 the season prior.

Toronto ultimately fell in six games to the New Jersey Nets in the first round
of the playoffs.

Mitchell played 13 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2002. It took him
just two years as an assistant coach before being tabbed head coach of the
Raptors in June of 2004.

The Raptors finished 33-49 in his first season at the helm.