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Sam Mitchell is still angry about being replaced as Minnesota Timberwolves head coach

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Now, we don't want to say former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Sam Mitchell is bitter, but he damn sure isn't happy.

On The Scoop with Darren Wolfson on ESPN 1500, Mitchell explained how disappointed he was that Tom Thibodeau - a long-time friend - swooped in and replaced him in Minnesota, amongst many, many other things.

Things are looking up for the Timberwolves with the young core of Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

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It's clear Mitchell would have liked to have overseen those prospects, but the way in which he was told he wouldn't seems to have angered him the most.

"Another thing: I’ve known Tom Thibodeau. Look, another disheartening thing is – and, again, I understand the NBA. Somebody offers you the job – someone offers my best friend who may be a assistant coach the job and you have the job, they’re going to take the job. They have to take the job, because there’s only 30.

"I understand that, Doogie [Wolfson]. And I mean, once the decision is made not to hire you, then I’m OK with a friend of mine or someone I know getting the job. Because at the end of the day, it’s not like they’re doing anything behind your back to take your job. No one can take your job in the NBA.

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"Either the owner doesn’t think you did a good enough job to retain you or, for whatever reason, they replace you. So, I understand that. It’s a big-boy league."

Despite claiming to inderstand Thibodeau's situation, Mitchell couldn't resist insinuating the former Chicago Bulls coach should have gone about it differently.

"But even with Tom – all the years I’ve been knowing Tom and with Bill Musselman actually having helped Tom get on the staff as a player with the Wolves when I played for them because of my connection with Bill Musselman – the fact that he never called me saying a word to me, never sent me a message, never sent me a text. And that the new general manager Scott called me a month and a half later.

A month and a half later. So, at that point, why are you even calling me?"

At least he got it off his chest.

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Andrew Wiggins
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