Most importantly, Coach Corbin has earned MY respect this season! :) Sure,
there are things that I would still disagree with, but I'm sure Coach would
disagree with some of my ideas. Overall, Coach Corbin has had a great season
this year, and has the Jazz playing the best basketball of the season right now.
It will be interesting to see how this team responds as the intensity grows
during a playoff push.The NBA Coach of the Year award is just
silly--nothing more than a popularity contest among winning teams.
Corbin is a great guy and all that, but to even whisper the possibility of Coach
of the Year right now seems to diminish the prestige of the award to
nothingnessa fter all those years of Sloan-denial...
Remember "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again", well that
is just what Coach Corbin did. In the face of losses, accusations, egos, etc, he
just kept on trying to blend players, encourage younger players, assure older
players and look what has happened--A TEAM!! You ARE the man, Coach.
The article points out one way that Corbin is different than Sloan - he's
not a grumpy Gus type of guy. And Sloan would often talk about lack of effort in
games, lack of intensity, not calling out individuals but still very negative.
Much of that criticism was deserved, but as a motivator, I think it's
better to be more positive and patient, especially in public.Corbin,
though, has to find a way to get Kanter more minutes against opponent's
starters. He has done a good job gradually increasing Alec Burks' role,
especially allowing Burks to play important minutes in the fourth quarter, but
now is the time to prepare Kanter in case Jefferson is traded this summer.