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Tyrone Corbin getting more used to being Utah Jazz coach

Published January 4, 2012 11:26 pm

Jazz notes • Corbin not afraid of hurting his players' feelings.
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Tyrone Corbin is becoming more comfortable with each passing game.

The Jazz coach has not hesitated to make noticeable moves, such as starting Derrick Favors and temporarily benching C.J. Miles. And when Corbin's been forced to challenge a player via a tough in-game conversation — he's already pushed Devin Harris and Miles, among others — the second-year leader has not hesitated.

Asked about learning just how far he can push his young, rebuilding team, Corbin paused before saying, "It's not a set thing."

"You wish guys would go out and do the right thing all the time and that I would do the right thing all the time," said Corbin, prior to Utah's home game Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks. "It's just a thing where things happen and you have to respond to it. If a guy's struggling, you have to encourage him. If a guy's not giving effort, you have to push him. So that's just a part of the business, man."

No Ute

Former University of Utah star center Andrew Bogut was a late scratch Tuesday and didn't play for Milwaukee due to personal reasons.

"It's a personal situation and he's excused to go and deal with it," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said before tipoff.

He added: "I really don't want to say anything more … out of respect to Andrew."

Bogut, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft, is averaging 14.3 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

He drew praise from Corbin and Utah center Al Jefferson during a Tuesday morning shootaround.

"He's a versatile player who can really pass the ball, who can make moves in the low post," Corbin said. "His game has continued to get better."

Jefferson added: "Bogut's a special player. … I love playing against him because he makes me step up."

No leader

Six Jazz games have been played and Corbin still hasn't named a team captain.

He's said several times he's getting closer to selecting a leader, but wouldn't reveal anything specific Tuesday.

Corbin joked he could go the entire season and not choose a captain.

"Still working on it. … We have guys that's actually doing the right thing, saying the right stuff. We just haven't named anybody yet," Corbin said.

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