Former Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin hired by Sacramento Kings
David Zalubowski, Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY — Tyrone Corbin has found an NBA home in Sacramento.
After spending the past 10 years in Utah, Corbin has reached an agreement to become the lead assistant for Kings coach Mike Malone, according to USA Today.
Multiple teams expressed interest in Corbin immediately after the Utah Jazz announced in April that the organization would not renew his contract following the team's 25-57 season.
In his first head-coaching experience, Corbin led the Jazz to a record of 112-146 since taking over for Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan after his midseason resignation in February 2011. Less than two weeks into his new position, Corbin had to deal with Utah management trading away the team's best player, Deron Williams, to begin an onlasting rebuild project.
The highlight of Corbin's short tenure in a tumultuous period for Utah — one marked by mix-and-match rosters and little star power — was guiding the Jazz to the playoffs in the lockout-shortened 2012 season. His 2012-13 squad missed the postseason by two games despite going 43-39.
The Jazz then went into full rebuild mode in 2013-14, with Corbin being required to develop an extremely young team that struggled to click on both ends. Not only did Utah finish with the third-worst record in franchise history, but the Jazz were ranked 30th in team defense in the NBA in a year in which management expressed a desire to improve in that area.
Ultimately, Jazz brass decided the team needed a new bench boss to lead the franchise to its goal of becoming a championship contender again.
"Everyone should know that Ty's a man of dignity, class and integrity," Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said in April after deciding to let Corbin go. "We’ll do nothing now in this press conference or moving forward that would disparage him (or) the coaches in any way. Today, we’re grateful for a period that they saw us through."
Six weeks after parting ways with Corbin, the Jazz hired Quin Snyder as just the fifth head coach since the team relocated from New Orleans in 1979. Weeks later, Snyder hired two of Corbin's staff members to be bench assistants, with Brad Jones, a head coach finalist, being named as the lead assistant and former University of Utah standout Alex Jensen getting a promotion to a full-time assistant gig. Johnnie Bryant was also retained as a player development coach.
Corbin spoke highly of Sacramento on multiple occasions, in part because of the positive experiences he had during two stints (1995-96 and 1999-2000) in California's capital during his 16-year NBA playing career.
Former Jazz assistant coach Sidney Lowe, Corbin's lead assistant in Utah from 2011-14, has also found a new position since being released from the Jazz. He was hired as an assistant by Minnesota coach Flip Saunders.
That leaves Michael Sanders as the only member of Corbin's staff who remains looking for a job.
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