The St. Paul Pioneer Press (Don Seeholzer) reports (via blog: Sam Mitchell says it’s been a long season, but he’s tried to make the best of it. Fired Dec. 4 by the Toronto Raptors after an 8-9 start, the 2006-07 NBA coach of the year is still adjusting to life off the court. “It’s tough,” he said. “It’s the first time in 22 years I’m not working. I’ve always had a job in basketball. It’s a tough experience to go through being fired, but it happens. So you’ve got a choice, to sit around and say how tough it is or to move on with your life and do some positive things.” Mitchell, who played 10 of his 13 NBA seasons for the Timberwolves, said he would like to get back into coaching but that it’s not up to him when he’ll get the opportunity.