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Mitchell played 13 seasons in the NBA and spent two years as an assistant coach in Charlotte and Milwaukee before coming to Toronto.
"I have a lot to be thankful for, they really gave me the opportunity to have a career in coaching, something I always wanted to do after I played," Mitchell told Canadian sports network TSN. "So yeah, it's a disappointment that I really wasn't given the chance to finish what I started, but you know what, I feel like I accomplished a lot of good things. I think the players that played for me all got better."
The Raptors' first game under Triano is Friday night at Utah.
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