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Jazz's Corbin still searching for new coaching assistants

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin is still going through the initial stage of searching for new assistants to add to his staff.

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Utah has been limited to just three coaches since Jerry Sloan and Phil Johnson resigned Feb. 10 — a low number in the modern NBA. Corbin was promoted to head coach the same day that Sloan and Johnson stepped down, while former shooting consultant Jeff Hornacek became a full-time assistant Feb. 14. Longtime assistant Scott Layden rounds out the Jazz's small staff. However, no one has officially replaced Johnson.

Corbin acknowledged at the end of the 2010-11 season that he has names in mind for new assistants, and hinted that he would like to use a larger staff than Sloan employed. But with the NBA playoffs ongoing and the end of the Collective Bargaining Agreement less than two months away — an event that many predict will initiate a prolonged lockout — Utah is not in a rush to fill the void.

Hornacek's contract expires June 30, coinciding with the end of the current CBA. He is expected to remain as a full-time assistant next season, though. Layden is also expected to return, marking his seventh season with the Jazz.

— Brian T. Smith

Twitter: @tribjazz



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