The abrupt resignation of longtime head coach Jerry Sloan has put the Utah Jazz franchise at a pivotal point.
The Jazz have revealed the best and worst that they’ve had to offer this year. They showed brilliance and remarkable resiliency through the first 20 games of the year with a 15-5 record and unbelievable comebacks galore.
But the last 20 games have been equally revealing. The dismalness has hopefully peaked as Utah has lost 13 of 20. And in the process the Jazz have also lost an icon, not just for the franchise but for the entire league.
It’s left the league to wonder who this team is, especially with the departures of Jerry Sloan and his trusty sidekick, assistant Phil Johnson.
Some media outlets have been quick to place the “interim” stamp on Tyrone Corbin’s promotion.
However, Jerry Sloan’s 23-year tenure in Utah wasn’t a result of personal design. It was a combination of strong belief in the system and consistency.
Greg Miller, the owner of the Utah Jazz, has made it clear that Ty Corbin, who has been an assistant with the Jazz for seven seasons, is the head coach. There is nothing temporary about it.
During Sloan’s resignation press conference, Miller joked that hopefully Corbin could have a similar get-together in 20 years to announce his own resignation from the Utah organization.
Corbin is going to have to prove himself, though. Replacing a Hall of Fame career and the third-winningest coach of all time will be a daunting assignment. Missing the playoffs isn’t something that the Jazz are used to, especially under the Sloan regime, where Utah held a slot 19 out of 22 years.
Here are 10 ways that Ty Corbin can lead the Utah Jazz to the playoffs this year: