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Report: Kings hiring former Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin as lead assistant

Jul 8, 2014, 7:30 PM EST

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Even when the Jazz ousted Tyrone Corbin as their head coach in April, it was clear he still had a place in the NBA – if he wanted one.

Corbin had served for years under Jerry Sloan in Utah. Though he wasn’t cut out to be a head coach, at least not right now, Corbin had acquitted himself well as an assistant.

He’ll continue his career in that role.

Sam Amick of USA Today:

Former Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin has reached an agreement to become the lead assistant for Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

Malone, to his credit, targeted a lead assistant who previously served as a head coach. In his first year as a head coach, Malone steered the team to just a 28-54 record. He could use the guidance.

Corbin lands a new job with a team he twice played for, though neither stint lasted longer than a season.

Malone-Corbin isn’t necessarily a winning ticket – at least not in a division that features Alvin Gentry and Ron Adams (Warriors) and whomever Doc Rivers hires for the Clippers as assistants and the quickly impressive Jeff Hornacek head-coaching the Suns. But the Kings’ coaching duo should have Sacramento better-prepared than last season.

The Kings definitely have a head-start on the coach-less Lakers.

  1. realfootballfan - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Who is the Kings coach, lol. I sure don’t know.

  2. saint1997 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Choosing a coach seems so glossed over nowadays but it’s so important for a young team to make the right choice, as I believe the Kings have done with Malone. Take Poppovich or Carlisle, teams need a stable coach for long term success. I think the Magic’s roster would be a perfect fit for Doug Collins, hard defenders who don’t have enough of an ego yet to clash with him

  3. jollyjoker2 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    ha ha. Pat riley has got his hands full this mental job.

    • jollyjoker2 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      oops wrong post.

  4. campcouch - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Every coach looks like a winner with talent. Doc Rivers is a genius when given All-Star/MVP caliber players, but look at his record without. Same with Alvin Gentry. Heck Vinny Del Negro had one less win his final year in LA than River did in his first there. Comparing coaches who have greater talent on their team than another isn’t a fair move. Corbin coached with what was given to him and Malone coaches whoever hasn’t been T’d out of the game. Talent and opportunity goes a long way with coaches being called good.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      I’m pretty sure Jeff Hornacek worked miracles here in Phoenix with the mess he inherited from the previous clueless GM and the Lindsay Hunter disaster after Gentry got fired. Doc Rivers also was pretty good with some absent pieces in Orlando before he got fired there. If you can’t see the difference in Vinny Del Negro and Doc Rivers, I don’t really know what to tell you, and if you think Phil Jackson just happened to win rings because he had great players (never mind none of them won anything without him, before or after except Shaq), I don’t know what to tell you either.

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