Mitchell edges Sloan for coaching honor

Updated: May 22, 2007, 11:14 AM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Sam Mitchell remembers the advice he got from Bill Fitch when he was cut by the Houston Rockets in 1985.

Fitch told him to persevere, regardless of what others say.

Mitchell did just that, as a player and a coach. On Tuesday, he was honored as NBA coach of the year after leading the Toronto Raptors to a franchise-record-tying 47 victories and their first Atlantic Division title.

"It floors you," Mitchell said. "You're thankful. Words just can't ...

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