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Ex-Jazz coach Ty Corbin to be lead assistant in Sacramento

Published July 8, 2014 10:23 am

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Former Jazz coach Ty Corbin will join the coaching staff of the Sacramento Kings, according to a source.Corbin compiled a 112-146 record in his three and a half seasons as the head coach of the Jazz, replacing Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan following his resignation in 2011. And after Corbin's team went 25-57 last season, the final year of his contract, the franchise announced in April it would not renew Corbin's deal."You want to have a fair shake and you want the best opportunity you can have to win," Corbin said at the team's locker clean-out day in April. "The organization decided to go in a different direction from the guys we had the year before. I knew it would be difficult. I said right from the beginning, no way when you change the roster like we changed is it good for a coaching staff, especially in the last year of a contract. … I would have liked for things to be different, be handled differently. But they weren't. It is what it is."Even in parting ways, Jazz officials praised Corbin."Ty has always represented the Jazz franchise in a first-class manner both on the court and in the community," general manager Dennis Lindsey said in April. "He did a wonderful job of building relationships with the players and encouraged their growth throughout the season."In Sacramento, Corbin will act as coach Michael Malone's lead assistant. The hire was first reported by USA Today.Malone and Corbin have expressed mutual respect for each other in the past, and the two coaches share an agent.It's also a return to a place where Corbin twice landed as a player. Corbin played half of the 1995-96 season with the Kings before being traded. In 1999, he returned to Sacramento as a free agent.The Kings went 28-54 last season, Malone's first as head coach.— Aaron Falk