Mar 3, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT
When owner Greg Miller was speaking at the press conference following the resignation of Jerry Sloan, he was very clear — Tyrone Corbin was the new coach of the Jazz. Not interim coach. Just coach.
Now he has put his money where his mouth is, inking Corbin to a three-year deal. Terms of the deal were not released.
“I am confident that Tyrone is the right man to lead this team into the future. He is someone with longstanding ties to the Jazz and this community, and who has embraced the core philosophies and ideals this organization holds true. I feel that his character and leadership qualities will be true assets to the Jazz moving forward for many years to come,” Miller said in a released statement.
“Ty has 16 years of experience in this league as a player and has spent the last seven seasons working here as an assistant coach,” said Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor said in the same statement. “He is ready for this job and we feel certain he will excel as a head coach just as he excelled as an assistant coach and as a player.”
The Jazz are a rebuilding team, it’s a very different thing than what Sloan coached for many years. They got some nice pieces in the D-Will trade, but they are rebuilding. We will see how Corbin is able to deal with that.