Brad Rock: Timing was off for Hornacek to coach Jazz

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  • portlander Arlington, WA
    Dec. 1, 2013 2:27 p.m.

    Better than anyone else to coach the Jazz would have been Mr. Sonic himself, former Sonic and trailblazer coach, Nate McMillan. Discipline, iron defense and a simple to understand and execute offensive scheme, McMillan would have given this young team something to build upon after a couple of years.

  • jazzbrass sugarhouse, UT
    Dec. 1, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    "The Jazz might have fired Corbin and hired Hornacek after last season, but that would have been divisive in the organization. Corbin had both experience and fan appeal.

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  • jazzfest sugarhouse, UT
    Dec. 1, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    "Corbin had both experience and fan appeal." ....REALLY?!? ..who? As an avid Jazz and NBA fan and blog reader I can assure you that this is not how Jazz fans felt during/after last season.

    Not only has Hornacek proven to be a much better coach already, but he was already much more popular with fans than anyone not named Stockton, Malone or Sloan. The truth is that Jazz fans were pounding the drum to fire Corbin last season, and this season those drums are absolutely deafening. It's not personal, I believe Corbin to be a good man and a fine assistant coach, but you would be hard pressed to find anyone defending his head coaching performance.

    The silver lining of the Jazz having the worst(statistically) offense and defense and record in the NBA is the incredible draft picks awaiting us at the end of this painful season. Most Jazz fans and bloggers feel very strongly that Corbin should be relieved of his position this season. Most blogger have worked out statistically how the Jazz could play .500 after xmas with a new coach and still finish in the bottom 5 of the league.

  • clearthink Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 8:19 p.m.

    Was this article written by the Jazz front office? Anyone who has watched a Jazz game this year can see there's no passion for the game among the players. They give up on plays, don't work hard, and deserve the record they have. We fans could take the losses if the players were enthusiastic and trying hard, but we don't see it. And who other than the coach is responsible for that?

  • bruce1 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    This article is more proof of something I just don't understand. To say that Corbin had fan appeal is so mistaken. Why does the organization and the press that covers the Jazz seem so disconnected to the fan base. I am an avid fan as are many of my friends. I don't know one who feels that Corbin is a good coach. As far as his firing being divisive, those who think he should be the coach should be fired with him. That would end the divisiveness and the organization would be rid of people with such bad judgement that they should be gone anyway.
    The pride that has been shown by the organization in its handling of the draft choices and trades has been shown to be false pride before the fall.

  • What's up? Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    Look for Jerry Sloan to take over for the rest of this year soon???

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 7:53 a.m.

    When you say Corbin "had" fan appeal ? Maybe but not now. Horney proved last night who the best coach is hands down...

  • teerev PROVO, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 3:59 a.m.

    "The Jazz might have fired Corbin and hired Hornacek after last season, but that would have been divisive in the organization. Corbin had both experience and fan appeal. Hornacek was still an unknown coaching commodity. He only had 2½ years as a fulltime assistant."

    I have to strongly disagree with this entire paragraph. When has Corbin ever had fan appeal, let alone after last season? If Hornacek was still an unknown coaching commodity, why did he receive head coaching interviews and get hired as a head coach?

    The Jazz should have absolutely fired Corbin last season and offered Horny the job. The timing was off in the first place because the Jazz inexplicably extended Corbin's contract through this season. Kevin O'Connor has completely mishandled the entire coaching situation since Sloan retired, and STILL doesn't seem to have the guts to fire Corbin. What a joke..

    I would hope another blowout loss tomorrow is the final straw for Jazz brass, otherwise this could very well be the worst NBA team of all time. A season like that could be disastrous; Seattle is always looking to poach a franchise.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 1:12 a.m.

    "Corbin had both experience and fan appeal". What fan appeal? Fans have been asking to replace Corin for a long time.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 12:42 a.m.

    Who will be the next coach of the Jazz?

    I keep thinking Corbin will get fired any day now (at least before the season is over), but what current assistant could be a head coach?

    Jazz coach for next year better be someone currently outside of the organization.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 12:21 a.m.

    Jeff would have been a good coach anywhere. I don't think this article is accurate in saying that both he and Corbin have teams of relatively unknown players. Jeff has a much better group of shooters. Dragic is as good as any pointy guard Utah has had since Stockton. Bledso was one on the more attractive commodities last summer. Fry has always been good, and Markieff was a target of Utah's and was selected behind Burks. Phoenix is a team full of shooters, I'm not sure they have enough size to defend better teams, but best wishes to Jeff. Corbin may or may not be the answer to the Jazz, but right now they are developing a bunch of unknown commodities. I think Hayward will be a good player, I'm not sure about Burks. Without top veteran point guard leadership it's going to be an uphill battle. I noticed in tonight's game that Burks, was one of the biggest culprits at not setting inside back screens. Only a couple of players on this team look like they are setting screens, most of them slide rather than make contact. None of them are good shooters.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Nov. 29, 2013 11:37 p.m.

    Bogus, many fans have thought Hornacek since BEFORE Sloan retired. This was a no-brainer...and for those who like what we have now...oh yeah, lose lose lose.