After interviewing for coaching jobs with three other organizations, including one not previously disclosed, Jazz assistant coach Tyrone Corbin has decided to return to Utah for a fifth season on the staff of Jerry Sloan.
Corbin was a finalist for the head coaching job in Phoenix that went to Detroit Pistons assistant coach and former NBA head coach Terry Porter. Corbin interviewed as well for the head coaching job in Chicago that went to Suns assistant general manager Vinny Del Negro.
Corbin disclosed on Sunday that Detroit also "called about the head assistant's position" on the staff of new Pistons head coach Michael Curry, but added that, "this is a better situation for me."
New Jersey Nets assistant Pat Sullivan was hired late last week by Detroit, where former NBA head coach Dave Cowens remains as a holdover assistant from the former staff of the recently fired Flip Saunders.
In Utah, Corbin and former Jazz and New York Knicks GM Scott Layden serve behind Sloan and longtime top assistant Phil Johnson.
Corbin has never been a head coach or a No. 1 assistant in the NBA, and that ultimately hurt him in the Phoenix search.
"I was close," said Corbin, who was one of three finalists for the Suns job.
"But the edge that I was told that Terry Porter had on me was he had been a head coach before," the ex-Jazz forward and 16-year NBA veteran added. "There's nothing I can do about that until I get the head-coaching experience."
Corbin also interviewed for Seattle's head coaching job in 2007 and suggested that pursuing three top jobs over the past two years can only enhance his ability to ultimately fulfill career goals."I do have aspirations of being a head coach in this league," he said. "When that will be, I don't know. But just going through the process of interviewing ... has been interesting for me."
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