Ty Corbin has a new NBA home.
The former Utah Jazz boss will join the coaching staff of the Sacramento Kings as the team’s lead assistant, according to a source.
In three and a half seasons as the head coach of the Jazz, stepping into the seat vacated by Jerry Sloan’s resignation in 2011, Corbin amassed a record of 112-146, making the playoffs once. And after Corbin’s squad went 25-57 last season, the final year of his contract, the franchise announced in April it would not renew Corbin’s deal.
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."
Corbin coached through some difficult and unusual circumstances in Utah, where he worked the last decade as an assistant and head coach.
After stepping in for the Hall of Famer Sloan, Corbin saw his star point guard, Deron Williams, traded away. The next season, the Jazz made the playoffs in a lockout-shortened year.
But after narrowly missing the postseason in 2012-13, the Jazz front office went in another direction, allowing key free agents to walk. Corbin’s final season in Utah was a difficult one, as he tried to manage a young, rebuilding team.
"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."
In Sacramento, Corbin will be faced with another young, rebuilding team. The Kings went 28-54 last season under first-year head coach Michael Malone.
But instead of being the man in charge in Sacramento, Corbin will be 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.
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