Train
Years ago

Cairns sign US import Tony Mitchell

Lachie read "Can reveal @CairnsTaipans have signed US import Tony Mitchell ... 6 foot 8 forward who shot 76 points in a game playing in China"

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Train  
Years ago

Curious to see if he suits up against Perth.

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BMF  
Years ago

I hope his fried rice game is strong...Because he wont be enjoying the take away!!

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Dazz  
Years ago

Mostly recently played 5 games in Israel.
Wiki page lists him at 6'6"

Won a league MVP award in in Italy in 2015. Seems a decent enough player, could be just what Cairns need at SF.

If he doesn't suit up tonight, Trevl will have to tweet and accuse Cairns of cheating.

But if not tonight, they still need to get him suited up by Sunday.

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Thunder Jam  
Years ago

Nice one Dazz...A Pepperoni pizza is as close to Italy he's been.

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greybuoy  
Years ago

More clubs than games since he left the D League?

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Reality  
Years ago

Not moving the needle!

Should have moved on Edwin a month ago!

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Zodiac  
Years ago

When he played in China that was in their NBL league which is their Div 2, the standard would be pretty crook.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Wrong Tony Mitchell Dazz

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CT  
Years ago

http://www.cairnspost.com.au/tony-mitchell-will-play-the-rest-of-the-nbl-season-with-the-cairns-taipans/news-story/f9cbaa199feb59f9b85fc84e3b80c182

and

https://www.tropicnow.com.au/2017/january/20/taipans-sign-new-import-release-edwin.html

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GordonG  
Years ago

CQUniversity Cairns Taipans sign Tony Mitchell

The CQUniversity Cairns Taipans have signed 198cm American forward Tony Mitchell for the remainder of the 2016/17 NBL season.

The 27-year old most recently played in China's NBL where he averaged 42.9 points across 27 games for Hebei Xianglan - including a 76-point outburst in a 156-123 win over Beijing.

The Georgia native played college hoops for the University of Alabama, and went on to become one of the best players in the NBA D-League.

In his first professional year with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Mitchell ranked second in the NBADL in points per game (21.9) and first in points per minute, and was named to the 2013 NBA D-League All-Rookie First Team.

Mitchell was playing for the D-League Select Team under former Perth Wildcats Head Coach Connor Henry, when he was first noticed by Cairns Taipans Head Coach Aaron Fearne at the 2014 Summer League.

"Back then, he was sharp," recalls Coach Fearne.

“He ended up earning a 10-day call up to the Bucks and went on to have an outstanding D-League season, winning the Championship. He’s played on some good levels over the last few years too, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do out here.”

That year, Mitchell won the 2014 Championship with Fort Wayne, but also won his second consecutive D-League Slam Dunk Contest (2013, 2014) to add to his All-NBA D-League First Team (2013) and Third Team (2014) honours.

While Mitchell has clearly made a name for himself in the NBADL, it is not unique moniker, with Mitchell (born 1989) not to be confused by another Tony Mitchell (born 1992) that also played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

The bizarre coincidence was highlighted by the Milwaukee Bucks when both Mitchells played for their affiliate team at the same time, before they both went on to play stints in Israel and China – but at separate clubs.

Mitchell’s resume also features an MVP accolade, winning the Serie A MVP award in Italy after leading the league in scoring (20.1 points per game) with Dolomiti Energia Trento.

Fearne said that it is his vast international experience that will help the aggressive playmaker adapt quickly to the NBL competition, and transition into the tight-knit group.

“We obviously need some scoring punch, and that’s what we’re hoping he’ll give us. He’s a big time competitor and he’ll be another weapon to go score the ball and use his athleticism to play at both ends of the floor,” said Fearne.

“Initially this is going to be a challenging process for everybody, but we will deal with the best we can. It’s something most other NBL clubs have had to experience at some point this season – Perth recently brought in Cotton, Melbourne signed Kromah, New Zealand with Carter and Dillard.

“The positive for us, is that we have a fair few games ahead of us, and every day we have an opportunity to watch video and get him familiar with the comp and the guys.”

As per NBL rules, players must be registered for at least 25 per cent (or seven games) of the regular season to qualify for the finals. The Taipans still have eight remaining games – the most in the NBL – and while it is anticipated Mitchell will suit up tonight; the pressure won’t fall directly on the debutant.

“It’s not going to be about an individual guy doing this or that – it’s about the entire team. Even if Tony wasn’t with us, we want to play the way we play as a group. There is pressure on everybody right now,” said Fearne.

“The best teams will be the ones that make the playoffs. It won’t come down to one guy, everyone is going to have to play their role and execute.”

Tony Mitchell will play his first home game this Sunday 22 January, when the Cairns Taipans host the Illawarra Hawks at the Cairns Convention Centre.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

He's suiting up tonight this one makes me doubt personal reasons due to it being not even 48 hours and they've signed and he's already here

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Anonymous  
Years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la86pNVMXYQ

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koberulz  
Years ago

Maybe an issue that they've known about for a while, but wasn't so urgent as to prevent Edwin sticking around until they'd found someone?

Can't imagine it was a planned move this late in the season, and given they haven't cut an import in a decade.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

DAZZ, always good for a laugh!

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Dazz  
Years ago

Oh dear, fuckwit anonytrolls, don't even realise when they are being fuckwits. ROFL.

Yes folks, there is more than one Tony Mitchell in the world, and yes, you got it WRONG.

Nice one Dazz...A Pepperoni pizza is as close to Italy he's been

Did you even bother reading the blurb from Cairns?
Mitchell's resume also features an MVP accolade, winning the Serie A MVP award in Italy after leading the league in scoring (20.1 points per game) with Dolomiti Energia Trento.


The other thing you could do is use what's left of your brain: Why the heck would they axe a SF, and sign up yet another PF?

They actually spelt it out for you:
While Mitchell has clearly made a name for himself in the NBADL, it is not unique moniker, with Mitchell (born 1989) not to be confused by another Tony Mitchell (born 1992)

And for those who can't read, you could just look at his photo. All Black Americans do not look alike.

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Dazz  
Years ago

Although in fairness, I suppose could blame Lachie for posting the wrong guy's height.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Dazz for the burn. LOL

You know you are an idiot when Dazz proves you wrong

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Train  
Years ago

@Dazz Hahahahaha that was actually brilliant.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Impressive dunking resume!

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Dazz  
Years ago

He actually played tonight. Looked ok for his first game. Didn't do a lot, but scored 7 points in 8 minutes off the bench.
And yeah, its definitely the shorter dude. :-)

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Green 53  
Years ago

3 turnovers in 8 minutes, don't know how you call that ok.

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Kingpodge  
Years ago

I'd call that ok for a jet lagged guy who hadn't met his teammates until today....

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Not sure about this signing for Cairns. Not a great decision maker out there

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Podge on Twitter has got all the salt. Cannot believe the complete 180 after just five days.

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Kingpodge  
Years ago

#TrollBetter

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Anonymous  
Years ago

What a sooky vagina. Refs tonight called the correct call on a legit flop, yet five nights ago pudge and KET had their fingers in their ears when the refs let all sorts of shit slide that favoured the wooden spooners.

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CT  
Years ago

Just like.. Greg Hire
Your whines... Inspire
Me to.. Aim higher
So much salt in WA.

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Kingpodge  
Years ago

CT, a Renaissance man. Shakespeare aint got #[email protected]# on you.

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CT  
Years ago

Redharge... Should retire
Gleeson.. Is a liar
The refs.. Were for hire
Perth got it their way.

"hey, this thing writes itself"

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Kingpodge  
Years ago

haha time for you to record a dis tape.

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CT  
Years ago

Can't be any worse than Foo. Or the Wildcats for that matter.

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Kingpodge  
Years ago

hahaha truth.

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