Excerpts from a media interview Thursday with Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin.
Corbin on his relationship with Brad Jones
“Brad was a guy, I respected the work he did in the D-League down in Orem. We have a relationship. He’s been around the organization for those years and … he understood how we did things around the organization, and he went to a great organization in San Antonio. I thought he did a great job there. For the last few years, as an assistant coach, I thought he’d be great to work with as an assistant coach. Then when I became a head coach, he just became one of the guys that I had — I always keep a list of guys if something happened may be candidates for joining us.”
Promoting Michael Sanders
“I think I was fortunate last year being able to get Mike as a player development coach. With his experience as a player; the fact he’s been a bench coach in this league. … I thought he did a great job with Enes and Derrick, even Al and Paul. After practice, getting them shots in the post and teaching. Working with Enes, especially, on how to use his body some, using low-post moves, and got him up to speed. When we started camp, I didn’t know if we was going to have the opportunity to play Enes in the beginning of training camp. And he continued to work with Mike and did a good job of learning — we were able to get him in the games some last year. I’m extremely happy with the work Mike has done so far.”
Adding a specific big-man coach
“We’re going to do it by committee. If there’s an opportunity to add a piece or two here down the road, we’ll explore that. But the way things are right now, I’m happy with the guys I have on staff. The guys have done a good job; adding Brad will be an addition for us. We’re in a good place, in my opinion.”
Whether Jazz players will get together before training camp starts
“They are aware they have to be in great shape when camp starts. We talked about it at the end of the year, we talked about it during the course of the summer. We’ve been out to see some guys. We have a group now in Santa Barbara — we have a great group working to get better. So the guys are working. They’re working together, they’re working individual when they depart and go back to where they’re from or where they stay in the summer.”
Having a full offseason and 82-game regular season
“I’m anxious to get started, because we have so much expectation of where and who we are and how to get better. We’re anxious to get started to see where we are individually. And we have to build the team again. We’ve added some guys with Mo coming over and Marvin Williams … Randy Foye. … There’s a lot of questions still around. We have to build a team again. That’s going to be working everyday from day one, to understanding who we are and how we have to work together to be an effective team on the floor.”
Corbin said he isn’t concerned about the lack of coaching experience on his staff. … The Jazz’s coaches plan to convene during the third week of September in preparation for training camp.
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