Utah Jazz: Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin didn't like Richard Jefferson talking about leaving Jazz

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  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    “If the best opportunity that is for me and for my family (is) to continue to play (with) the Utah Jazz, I would be more than ecstatic to play,” Jefferson said.

    This guy has been to the Derek Fisher school of PR. The lesson involves telling the press and fans whatever he needs to, regardless of the truth, to attempt to maintain my image.

    We all know Jefferson will not be back here so lets stop acting like this matters. Truth be told Alec Burks should probably be replacing at shooting guard here before long.

    Despite Jefferson viewing himself as such I really don't think he is viewed by other teams as some integral sharpshooter they need in order to contend for a championship. Oh well, Jefferson can dream I guess.

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 22, 2013 10:04 p.m.

    Jefferson's idea to say this wasn't his smartest, but it only confirms what all of us are thinking.....that he won't be here next year. Ideally his spot will be filled nicely by Andrew Wiggins.

    As far as Corbin is concerned, I don't know what people are expecting from him. I believe it is the coach's job to put his best team on the floor to try to win every game. Under that philosophy, Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams are the guys to have on the floor, because they have been helping us win games. If Corbin wants to stick around for another few years, he needs to win. Playing the young guys will guarantee their development, but not wins for the Jazz.

    It would be terribly inappropriate for the front office to tell Corbin how to do his job. There is no reason to hire a coach if they think they can do it better than him.

    Either way, I don't think Corbin will be back next year....at least I hope not.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    The truth is the truth and Jazz management are a very thin skinned bunch and Corbin isn't a very good coach, especially when it comes to working with young players.

  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    His only mistake was making that comment while in the middle of the season and still employed by the Jazz. But, com'on man! Didn't Karl Malone go to the Lakers at the end of hiss career seeking that elusive championship ring? Jefferson didn't say anything every other player in the NBA who hasn't won a ring is thinking right now. Next to the NBA sized paycheck, why else does a highly competitive athlete play the game?

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    Bench him for 5 games and see how that improves his stock among "championship contending" teams.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Dec. 21, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    “But we want to make sure we do everything we can to help us be as good as we can now and focus on this (season) and not anything other than that.” - Tyrone Corbin

    Statements like this drive me crazy and are just one of the reasons I believe Corbin is a poor coach.

    This season SHOULD NOT be about "showcasing" the talents of players like Richard Jefferson, who will be on another team next season. Instead, it should be about developing players who are the future of the Utah Jazz. It's the same "misteak" [sic] Corbin made last season when he played Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap as much as possible, instead of developing the talents of Kanter and Favors.

    Here's what Corbin should be saying.

    "We want to win, but we also want to give as much time as possible to the younger guys so that they can develop into the solid NBA players we believe they can become."

    It seems to me that Jazz management and Coach Corbin need to come to a meeting of the minds, so that they can get on the same page.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Dec. 21, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    It's always in "bad taste" to talk about the next team you're going to play for when you're still playing for a team who is paying you 11 million dollars this season.

    Obviously, Richard Jefferson never heard about all the flack Carlos Boozer received for doing the same thing.

  • Flames6 North Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    Enough with the Jimmer already. Not enough talent and not enough physical ability. Kings are the Kings because they don't do anything right. That includes drafting Jimmer. Let BYU be BYU and the Jazz be the Jazz.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    Dec. 21, 2013 11:41 a.m.

    Be glad for this insight. Most players view Utah as only a place to audition your talent. Please witness the hawks with 3 ex-jazz players starting. Portland has the right idea, they think Utah is their farm team. He only said what they all think.

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    Dec. 21, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    So what? He was never in the long term plans anyhow. If he wants to go to another team, more power to him.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    I think what he said in the interview was the truth from him. So RJ don't back around the corner and make excuses of what you said. I think the players are required if so to talk to the media for so many minutes a season. So make your answers simple and plain instead of running off at the mouth. Another thing Stockton could help these players with. I hope this is the key where they don't keep him and trade him by the deadline. RJ for Jimmer and Thompson and pick from the Kings. Kings would like a expiring contract too..

  • samuel h wiscomb Sun Lakes, AZ
    Dec. 20, 2013 10:11 p.m.

    Mr Jefferson will have to work VERY hard to remove his size 13-14 from his mouth. Perhaps this will open the door for someone who wants to play for the honor of the team, not for the increase in his bank account!