Former NBA coach Sam Mitchell is asking fans of the Knicks, Lakers and, yes, Cavaliers for patience.
Mitchell, speaking as a studio analyst on NBA TV, made three basketball-related resolutions for 2013 on Tuesday.
First, Mitchell said the Knicks must give center Amar’e Stoudemire some time to adjust. Stoudemire underwent knee surgery in October and played his first game of the season in Tuesday’s home loss to the Trail Blazers.
Next, Mitchell said the Lakers must be persistent in finding an identity. Star-studded LA fell to 15-16 with Tuesday’s loss to the visiting 76ers.
“Last but not least,” Mitchell said, the Cavs must have patience with their young players.
“You have a superstar in Kyrie Irving. You have young talent around him, a great fan base, a great coach in Byron Scott. Be patient with the Cavs. It takes time to win in the NBA.”
Mitchell coached the Raptors from 2004 to the 2008-09 season, when he was fired after 17 games. Before that, he was an NBA forward, mostly with the Timberwolves, from 1989-2002.
The Cavs are 7-25 entering Wednesday’s home vs. the Kings.