April 12, 2014, SALT LAKE CITY (ISN) – The Utah Jazz front office is searching for a new coach after declining to offer Tyrone Corbin a new contract.
Corbin ends his stint with the Jazz with a 112-146 record.
He guided the team to a winning record in two of his three full seasons and a playoff appearance in 2012. But the Jazz were dismal this season, going 25-57 and missing out on the playoffs for the second straight season after jettisoning veterans and ushering in a youth movement.
It was the worst season by the Jazz since 1979-80, when Utah was 24-58 following the franchise’s relocation from New Orleans.
“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 became the head coach on Feb. 10, 2011, following the resignation of Jerry Sloan, whom he had played three seasons for and for whom he was a longtime assistant.
Corbin was the seventh coach in franchise history. He served as an assistant under Sloan from 2004-11. He also played for nine teams during a 16-year NBA career, including three seasons with the Jazz from 1991-94.
Owner and CEO Greg Miller said Corbin “has always represented the Jazz franchise in a first-class manner both on the court and in the community. He did a wonderful job of building relationships with the players and encouraged their growth throughout the season.”
“Ty represented himself and the Utah Jazz organization with great class and dignity, and he and his family have been an important part of our team and community for many years,” said Jazz President Randy Rigby. “I want to thank them for their numerous contributions to this franchise and wish them well in the future. They will always remain a part of the Jazz family.”
The Jazz started 1-14 amid injury woes but improved as the season progressed. Point guard Trey Burke started the season on the bench with a broken finger, pressed through a shooting slump and ended with a season-high 32 points in the final game. He averaged 12.8 points and 5.7 assists.
Despite the losses, the team never splintered. Players pointed to Corbin’s positivity and the veteran influence of Marvin Williams and Richard Jefferson, who resurrected his career, shooting 41 per cent from 3-point range and scoring 10.1 points after rarely playing at Golden State last year.
Utah only won four of the final 25 games, including the finale in double overtime against a disinterested Minnesota team.
A lottery pick, another first-round choice and sizeable salary cap flexibility will benefit the Jazz and Corbin’s successor this off-season. And there’s plenty of promise in Enes Kanter and Derrick Favours and Alec Burks. The two big men improved in all statistical areas and Burks became a go-to scorer and ended up as the second-leading scorer despite playing as a reserve most of the season.