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Sam Mitchell Advising Owners of New Canadian Basketball League

If Puerto Rico, Mexico and Venezuela can field pro basketball leagues, why not Canada?  Sam Mitchell apparently feels the same way organizers of the National Basketball League of Canada do. He's been been advising them for a while, even traveling earlier this month to Nova Scotia for the inaugural NBL press conference.

Mitchell, of course, was NBA Coach of the Year in 2007 in Toronto, then fired and hired as a Nets assistant.  A highly recognizable face in Canada, he says he's not planning to join any of the 10 proposed teams in the NBL. He thinks the league can make a go of it, though. "It's a global game and there are so many players available to stock the teams and this league," Mitchell told TSN. "It is a good concept for this country."