Former Utah Jazz head coach, Tyrone Corbin, reached an agreement to become the lead assistant for Sacramento Kings head coach, Michael Malone, yesterday. Corbin spent the last four seasons with the Jazz, going 112-146, with one playoff appearance.
Corbin spent 11 total seasons in Utah, as the first seven were as an assistant coach under Jerry Sloan. When Sloan decided to abruptly retire halfway through the 2010-11 regular season, Corbin was named as his replacement. Taking over in the middle of a season can be hard enough, but soon after taking over, the Jazz then traded away All-Star point guard, Deron Williams, to the New Jersey Nets.
The Jazz struggled under Corbin, mainly on the defensive end. In the 2013-14 season, the Jazz ranked dead last in the NBA in defensive efficiency, something that didn’t sit well with Utah Jazz general manager, Dennis Lindsey. To start the 2014 off season, Lindsey made the decision not to renew Corbin’s coaching contract with the Jazz, and then later on hired Quin Snyder to be the new head coach.
When the decision was made, Lindsey had nothing but good things to say regarding Corbin.
(Corbin is) a good man who was a very good player (and a) very good assistant that led us well through a tough three-plus years where there was significant change of personnel. I think Ty is going to be a better coach or is potentially going to be a better head coach for his experience.
Corbin joins a coaching staff for an organization that he once called home during his playing days in the NBA. In two seasons with the Kings, Corbin averaged 5.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game in 103 games.
The terms of the deal have not yet been released, because the hire has not yet been announced or made official.