The Utah Jazz parted ways with its recent tumultuous past on Monday, April 21, letting go of head coach Tyrone Corbin after three seasons. Corbin was promoted to the top job after Jerry Sloan resigned in 2011--but the ride was a bumpy one to begin with.
After the Jazz sent Deron Williams to New Jersey (now Brooklyn) in Corbin’s first year and later sent players like Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Wesley Matthews and Kyle Korver--franchise cornerstones all--their separate ways, you knew a rebuilding project was in order.
And so, Corbin wasn’t dealt the most fair of hands over the past three years--but his work with his young charges was apparently not enough to keep him on as Jazz coach. His record was 25-57 this year as Utah finished with the fourth worst record in the NBA.
“I would like to thank Ty and his staff for all of their hard work, dedication and professionalism over the last three-plus seasons,” Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said in a statement. “This has not been an easy decision, but after a thorough review process, we as an organization feel that this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward.”
Corbin had 112 wins and 146 losses as Jazz head coach--certainly not the worst coaching record of any NBA head man. He even led the Jazz to one playoff appearance--in which Utah was swept by the San Antonio Spurs. But there were other factors--nee obstacles--that may have led to his dismissal.