Bobcats turn to Brokaw to replace Mitchell

Updated: June 29, 2004, 12:42 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats wasted no time replacing Sam Mitchell, hiring Gary Brokaw as their lead assistant coach Tuesday.

Brokaw, originally a candidate for Charlotte's general manager job, had been the Bobcats' director of player personnel. He takes over for Mitchell, who was hired as head coach of the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.

Brokaw will continue some of his player personnel duties in a reduced role, while assistant general manager Karl Hicks will assume most of the responsibilities.

Brokaw was heavily involved in the scouting, planning and selecting of players in the Bobcats' NBA expansion draft last week. He also managed Charlotte's predraft workouts and selected the players for this week's minicamp.

Brokaw, an All-American guard at Notre Dame, played four seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks.

He then spent 10 seasons as a collegiate coach, five as head coach at Iona. Brokaw then moved into the NBA as an executive, spending eight seasons with Orlando as director of player personnel and was also the director of basketball operations at the NBA office.

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