The Salt Lake Tribune's Aaron Falk wrote about the decision to not renew Corbin's contract Monday:
By NBA standards, the Utah Jazz are unfamiliar with losing seasons and coaching searches. But they are a reality of the league — and one usually follows the other.
On Monday, days after the conclusion of one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the Jazz stepped into that relative unknown, announcing they would part ways with head coach Ty Corbin and begin searching for a replacement to help lead them back toward winning ways.
The right coach can do a lot to return a team to "winning ways." Just look at Steve Clifford and the Charlotte Bobcats.
Last season, the Bobcats went 21-61 and posted the league's worst defensive rating, giving up 108.9 points per 100 possessions. This season—the first under Clifford—they finished 43-39 with a defensive rating of 101.2, good for sixth.
The Jazz need someone who can similarly step in and establish a defensive culture the way Clifford did in Charlotte, as Utah's own defensive rating of 109.1 in 2013-14 ranked dead-last.
A couple of names have already emerged as potential replacements.
The Deseret News' Jody Genessy reported Monday that San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Jim Boylen is the front-runner in general manager Dennis Lindsey.
That move could draw the ire of a lot of local fans, as Boylen was fired as the head coach of the University of Utah in 2011 after a 13-18 season.
That's a decent enough reason to be wary, but the NBA game is much different than college. Boylen actually has quite a bit more experience in the league than he does in the NCAA. He even won two titles as an assistant with the Houston Rockets.
Finally, do you think Gregg Popovich would hire any old body to be his lead assistant?
If Lindsey hires Boylen, it will be based on qualification and not just their friendship that dates back to their shared Rockets days.
Another name that has shown up in the Twitterverse is one that may defy conventional wisdom. ESPN's Marc Stein wrote, "More than one coaching insider has insisted Utah is on short list of teams that will give legit consideration to Euro legend Ettore Messina."
The current coach of CSKA Moscow in Russia was a candidate for the Atlanta Hawks job last summer. At that time, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports shared some of Messina's qualifications:
Messina, 53, is a four-time Euroleague championship coach and two-time Euroleague coach of the year. Across two decades of head coaching jobs in Italy and Russia, Messina has won five Russian League championships and four Italian League titles.
It's a move that would make waves, but wouldn't come without some risk. The NBA game is different than the European one and both Messina and his players would likely have to make some adjustments.
There could be other candidates, as Utah has established itself as a strong organization with a storied history.
Whoever the team chooses to hire, he'll be under a lot of pressure to return Utah to the culture of winning it established in the 1980s and 90s.