Jul 8, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT
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.
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.
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