Jazz's Corbin, Okur discuss Kirilenko's career, future

Published April 8, 2011 4:40 pm

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Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin and center Mehmet Okur discuss Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko.Corbin on what Kirilenko has meant to the organization: His versatility. He's been a player, you've been able to move around. He's very valuable for us because of his versatility. We're playing him at some different spots. He can come across — especially on the defensive end — and make plays. You can put the ball on his hands on the offensive side and he can make plays there. I think he's had a great run. It's unfortunate that he's had so many injuries, but it's part of the game.Kirilenko fitting into the Jazz's future: Playing-wise, if he's healthy, he can be a tremendous player for us. We're pretty good when he's healthy. … When he's healthy and playing, it makes us a lot better ball club than not.Okur: I really enjoy when I play with him here. But it's a business, too, if you look at the other side. I wish he'll be here next year. If not, good luck.— Brian T. SmithTwitter: @tribjazz