Title:Jama Mahlalela’s energy, positivity a perfect fit as Raptors 905 head coach
Date: June 20, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about new Raptors 905 head coach Jama Mahlalela, of whom everyone speaks the world and who is a natural fit for the position.
In their three years of existence, Raptors 905 are averaging 21 players on the court per season. They have cycled through 54 different players, not including those who have joined the roster only to never see the floor. Of those, three have enjoyed a combined five call-ups to NBA teams other than the Toronto Raptors (plus one who was dealt and then promptly called up), and 14 have found their way there through assignment from the Raptors. Almost all of them, at one point or another, interacted with Jama Mahlalela.
On Tuesday, Mahlalela was named the third head coach in 905 history. It would be tough to imagine a more natural fit, or anyone who those in the organization will speak more highly of.
“He’s perfect,” Fred VanVleet told The Athletic. “He’ll do great. Great communicator, probably the best energy I’ve experienced from a coaching position. Just a good dude.”