NBA: Sonics interview Jazz assistant Corbin

Published June 26, 2007 2:10 am
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Jazz assistant Tyrone Corbin has interviewed for the vacant head coaching job with the Seattle SuperSonics.

Corbin, a former Jazz player who has been a member of Jerry Sloan's coaching staff for the last three years, went to Seattle on Saturday to discuss the job with Sam Presti, the Sonics' new general manager.

"It was a good interview," Corbin said Monday. "We had a good talk. . . . It was a good experience for me."

Other known candidates for the Seattle job are former Minnesota coach Dwane Casey, San Antonio assistant P.J. Carlesimo and Sacramento assistant Scott Brooks.

Seattle is not expected to name a coach until at least next week, said Corbin, who played for the Jazz from 1991-94. Seattle fired coach Bob Hill after the Sonics went 31-51 last season. They finished last in the Northwest Division, 20 games behind the Jazz.

Seattle owns the No. 2 pick in Thursday night's NBA draft, however, and the Sonics are almost certain to get Ohio State center Greg Oden or Texas forward Kevin Durant. Either way, the new head coach will have a chance to build around a young cornerstone-type player.

"They are in a good situation," Corbin said.

Asked if this interview was his first for a head coaching job, he laughed and said, "Well, I've head-coached Little League teams before."

Corbin said Jazz vice president of basketball operations Kevin O'Connor and Sloan have been "very supportive" after Presti sought and received permission to talk to him about the job opening in Seattle.

"Everyone in the organization has been great," he said.

A graduate of DePaul, Corbin spent 15 years in the NBA. He played for eight teams - San Antonio, Cleveland, Phoenix, Minnesota, Atlanta, Sacramento, Miami and Utah - before retiring in 2001.

Corbin spent two seasons as a player mentor for the North Charleston Lowgators of the Developmental League. He spent the 2002-03 season as manager of player development with the New York Knicks before being hired by the Jazz prior to the 2004-05 season.

A former second-round draft pick, Corbin averaged 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 1,050 NBA games.


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