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Tyrone Corbin out as Utah Jazz coach

Apr 21, 2014, 4:23 PM EDT

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The Utah Jazz will soon have their fourth coach since 1982.

In a break from an astonishing bout of continuity, the Jazz will not renew Tyrone Corbin’s contract.

After taking over for Jerry Sloan during the 2010-11 season, Corbin went 112-146 as Utah’s coach. Under his watch, the Jazz made the playoffs in 2011-12 and then had another winning record in 2012-13 (43-39). But they didn’t win a postseason game, and this year, they went 25-57 for their worst record since 1981-82.

That season, Frank Layden became head coach, a position he held into the 1988-89 season. Then, he gave way to Sloan, who coached 23 years.

In the end, Corbin – not distinguishing himself from many – couldn’t succeed in replacing the legend.

Jazz team release:

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has elected not to offer head coach Tyrone Corbin a new contract. As a result, a search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

“I would like to thank Ty and his staff for all of their hard work, dedication and professionalism over the last three-plus seasons,” said Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey. “This has not been an easy decision, but after a thorough review process, we as an organization feel that this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward.”

“The decision to make impactful changes in our organization is never taken lightly,” said Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “Ty has always represented the Jazz franchise in a first-class manner both on the court and in the community. He did a wonderful job of building relationships with the players and encouraged their growth throughout the season. We wish Ty, Dante and their family nothing but the very best for their future.”

“Ty represented himself and the Utah Jazz organization with great class and dignity, and he and his family have been an important part of our team and community for many years,” said Jazz President Randy Rigby. “I want to thank them for their numerous contributions to this franchise and wish them well in the future. They will always remain a part of the Jazz family.”

If Corbin wants to become an assistant coach somewhere, he should have opportunities. He proved himself in that role on Sloan’s staff, and he kept a sinking team professional. That deserves a certain role in this league, but probably not the one Corbin just lost. Even though this dismissal Utah season was more due to a designed rebuild (call it tanking if you wish) than anything Corbin did, he just gave little indication he possessed the aptitude for being a successful head coach.

Money is always a factor, but Utah presents a compelling roster situation for potential replacements . The Jazz have a lineup full of promising young players – Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Plus, they’ll have a juicy lottery pick in the upcoming draft and the No. 23 pick from Golden State.

The Jazz might not be ready to contend for a playoff berth next season, but they offer a quality destination for a budding assistant coach or college coach who might need a season to grow on the job. By 2015-16, this team should be a factor in the postseason race, and today’s decision is a step in the right direction.

  1. duhwighthoward - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    He was such a horrible player. I don’t know why anyone thought he would make a good coach.

    • moseskkim - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      ur a horrible poster..i dont know why anyone thought you could make a good post. haha just kidding. a bad player does not equal bad coach. many coaches have never played high levels of bball but have a great understanding of the game and leadership qualities.

      on a side note, there are a lot of good young players on this team but you need to mix in a solid veteran star to bring it all together. they are just good pieces.. i dont see any of them truly blossoming into a star. hayward may, favors didnt take a huge step forward after getting the keys to the car with milsap/aljeff leaving.

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      He was slightly below average… not horrible.

      A career 13.1 PER and league average is 15.0

      Now Jason Collins’ career PER is only 7.0

      He was terrible.

      He had 6 seasons of a PER LESS than 4.0

      and 1 season with a 4.1 PER

      • weaselpuppy - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:21 AM

        PER is a terrible evaluation tool

        Sincerely,

        Game Winning RBIs

  2. glenuendo - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Look, everyone knew there wasn’t gonna be a lot of wins for the Jazz this year. That was common knowledge. He was going to be judged on how well the team played defense. They didn’t!! End of story!! Now let’s see who they can bring in.

  3. andreboy1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    This Jazz roster is one of the most overrated in the league. That’s why they don’t win games.

    Kanter and Favors are just average guys at this point and they’ve had enough time to show their talent. The two of them are just not dynamic players like some thought they would become.

    Gordon Hayward’s shooting has gotten worse with each year when he looked like he might become an all-star.

  4. jollyjoker2 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    they chased out sloan for a crap shoot at best.

  5. urodaddy07 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    This was not a good team, but you can’t fire all the players.

  6. dacapt704 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    They gave him garbage but expected greatness…oh ok

  7. therealhtj - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Maybe he can finally stop sweating now.

  8. fmartinezslc - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    As a jazz fan Corbin is a idiot he never played kanter and favors big minutes ! Why the hell would play Richard Jefferson 30 minutes a game ! He ran the offense threw heyward ! Corbin don’t know what the hell he’s doing

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