The saying goes, if you can barely beat them, join them. Tyrone Corbin, who was 7-6 versus the Sacramento Kings as the Utah Jazz’s lead man, agreed to become head coach Michael Malone’s top assistant. The hire was first reported by USA TODAY’s Sam Amick.
Corbin played for the Kings as a veteran backup forward in the 1995-96 and 1999-00 seasons. Following his retirement in 2001, the 1985 NBA draftee joined the Jazz as an assistant coach in 2004. Corbin trained under Jerry Sloan until the legend’s abrupt resignation in February 2011, which led to his promotion to head coach. Corbin finished the campaign with an 8-20 record, and compiled a playoff berth and 79-69 record the next two seasons before bottoming out last year at 25-57. Utah declined to extend his contract this offseason.
Corbin is now the fourth ex-NBA player on Malone’s staff, joining Chris Jent, Corliss Williamson and Dee Brown. Part of the knack on the former Jazz coach was his inability to develop consistency in the likes of Enes Kanter, Alec Burks and others, so it will be interesting to see his mark on the Kings’ raw and highly talented roster.
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