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Utah Jazz GM says Corbin decision coming 'in short order'

Published April 17, 2014 8:22 pm

Lindsey: Team will take time so as not to make "an emotional decision."
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A decision on the future of Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin is coming "in short order," general manager Dennis Lindsey said Thursday afternoon.

Addressing the media after the team's annual end-of-season meetings at EnergySolutions Arena, Lindsey declined to say whether a decision regarding Corbin has already been made.

"When we spoke to Ty and his representation during the year, we laid out [that] we wanted to take the full season," Lindsey said. "We want to take a small period now for all of us — Ty included — to decompress so we're not making a decision based on the last possession of the last game … an emotional decision."

After Wednesday night's 136-130 double-overtime win at Minnesota, the Jazz finished 25-57 and missed the playoffs for the third time in four years.

The unhappy season was hardly a surprise, however, after management's decision last summer to start a rebuilding process by stockpiling assets, creating salary-cap flexibility and putting together a roster with mostly young players.

Still, Corbin's reign as only the fourth head coach in the Utah era of the franchise could be in jeopardy.

"We'll take a short decompression period," Lindsey said, "and in short order come together and talk to Ty."

The Salt Lake Tribune has learned a decision on Corbin's future could come as early as this weekend.

Like Lindsey, Corbin didn't have much to say about his job status.

"We'll sit down in the future," Corbin said. "We've got to talk to the guys [today]. We'll have a schedule going forward."

Asked if he felt he would be offered a new contract for next season and beyond, Corbin said, "I always feel I'm going to be where I am."

Corbin's record in Utah is 112-143, including 8-20 after replacing Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan midway through the 2010-11 season.

"Anything can happen in this league," Corbin said. "I've been in it a long time. You want to have a fair shake and you want the best opportunity to win.

"The organization just decided to go in a different direction from the guys we had before. I knew it would be difficult. No way when you change the roster like we did it is it good for the coaching staff, especially in the last year of your contract."

Like any coach of a lottery team — rebuilding or otherwise — Corbin received considerable outside criticism for the job he did in his third full season as the Jazz's head coach.

He shrugged it off, saying, "Misery loves company. There are a lot of miserable people out there — people that just like to focus on the negative."

luhm@sltrib.com

Corbin in charge

Tyrone Corbin's record as head coach of the Utah Jazz:

Season W-L Pct. Result

2010-11 8-20 .266 Missed playoffs

2011-12 36-30 .545 Playoffs, first round

2012-13 43-39 .524 Missed playoffs

2013-14 25-57 .305 Missed playoffs

Totals 112-146 .434