Report: Several Teams Like Former Jazz Coach Tyrone Corbin for Assistant Role

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2014

FILE - In this April 17, 2014, file photo, Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin speaks to reporters on the day the Jazz cleaned out their lockers after a 25-57 season in Salt Lake City. The Jazz announced Monday, April 21, 2014, that the team won't be offering Corbin a new contract. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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Tyrone Corbin struggled to a 112-146 record in just over three seasons at the helm for the Utah Jazz. In his latest campaign, the members of Utah's young core didn't take the leap forward they were expected to.

So the Jazz decided to kick off a coaching search this summer rather than extend Corbin. And although he may not be a head coach in 2014-15, his name is showing up on the radar of a few teams as a potential assistant.

Yahoo's Marc Spears shared the news:

The Sacramento Kings aren't the only team interested in Corbin's services:

Corbin knows a thing or two about being an assistant, as he got his start working with one of the best coaches in NBA history in Jerry Sloan.

In that role, he will likely be a defensive guy. That was the philosophy he attempted to bring to the Jazz. During his second season there, Jody Genessy of The Deseret News said:

After spending all offseason developing a new philosophy with his coaching staff and then implementing the system in training camp and emphasizing its importance over and over and over some more, it's got to be music to Corbin's ears to hear his guys extol the virtues of playing hard-nosed defense.

It might take a small miracle to get someone like James Harden to play defense in Houston, but that would likely be part of Corbin's job description.

He'd have a similar role in Golden State, where he'd likely be called upon often by new head coach Steve Kerr, who has no experience on the bench.

In Sacramento, Corbin could be the key to settling down DeMarcus Cousins, who was tied with Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin for the league lead in technical fouls according to

In 2012 (the only year Corbin led the Jazz to the playoffs), Brian T. Smith of The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Al Jefferson said:

Ty been great, man. He don’t take no [bullcrap]. He not afraid to call guys out. He not afraid to hold you accountable for your mistakes. … That helped our team and let us know our role. It let us know that when you step out on the court, you’ve got to give 110 percent. If not, you’re going to sit beside him [on the bench]. And you’ve got to respect a guy like that.

And everywhere Corbin's been, he's left an impression of hard work and professionalism.

After the announcement that Utah wouldn't extend his contract, general manager Dennis Lindsey said, according to a press release on, "I would like to thank Ty and his staff for all of their hard work, dedication and professionalism over the last three-plus seasons." 

In 2011, when Corbin took over for Sloan, Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic reported that one of Corbin's former teammates, Tom Chambers, said:

He was a guy who you wanted to hang out with and a guy who was selfless on the court. He was always telling me to push a guy right or left on defense because he couldn't guard my guy both ways for me. He was a likeable, high-quality guy. The consummate professional.

So while Corbin may have had a difficult time as a head coach, it's easy to see why teams around the league are interested in employing someone with a track record of professionalism like his.

He'll bring the hard work and dedication Lindsey referenced to any of the three teams mentioned by Spears, and he will be a resource to the head coaches there.


Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewDBailey.