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Mitchell was 2007 coach of the year

Updated: June 26, 2010, 6:07 PM ET
By Chris Broussard | ESPN The Magazine

Sam Mitchell, the NBA's coach of the year in 2007, will join the New Jersey Nets as coach Avery Johnson's top assistant, according to league sources.

Mitchell, who coached the Toronto Raptors from 2004-08, is returning to the league for the first time since his firing 17 games into the 2008-09 season. His hiring puts two of the last five Coaches of the Year on the Nets' bench, as Johnson won the award while coaching in Dallas in 2006.

The addition of Mitchell could also be a benefit ...

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