Posted by: mtnman801 on February 6th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Hi there, my name is John. Im excited to be on the show today. Im a long time listener, first time caller. I was just up reading the post FIRE CORBIN!!! And the ensuing trail of comments. There seems to be quite the divide among Jazz fans as to the effectiveness of coach Corbin. There are a lot of Jazz fans out there that think hes doing a fine job, even over achieving with this team of no all stars. He was thrown into this situation and is making the best of a bad team. And don’t forget that this is just his 3rd year. Not his third full year, actually at this point he hasn’t even coached the equivalent of 2 full seasons. 28 games in his first season after Jerry Sloans departure, 66 last lock-out shortened season, and another 49 so far this season. So not even two full seasons and aggravated Jazz fans across the state, across the globe, are ready to say to him ala Donald Trump “You’re Fired!”
Well ladies and gentlemen, its true that Corbin has only been on the job about 2 years, but let us not forget that he spent 7 years as an assistant under Jerry Sloan. Prior to that he was the Knicks manager of player development, and prior to that he was a NBADL player mentor. So that totals up to roughly 12 years of coaching experience, not to mention 16 seasons with 10 teams as a player. Soooooo…..Is Corbin just an inexperienced coach with loads of potential, or is he an old dog, incapable of learning new tricks(like playing young talent). Well it seems to me that he is just a product of his environment. He is not the coach that Jerry Sloan was, but his coaching style seems much the same. He plays the big money vets over the young talent almost every time.
Jazz fans shouldn’t be surprised. We’ve seen this whole saga play out before. Coach Sloan played Boozer, despite his lack of desire to play defense, over the more motivated Milsap every time. It took a prolonged Boozer injury to reveal the true value of Paul Milsap, although most of us fans knew his value already. The injury just made Boozers dispensability more apparent. Well fast forward a few years, new coach, mostly new cast. Now Corbin and Al Jefferson take the roles of uncreative coach and defensively inept big man. Enes Kanter takes the role of hard working big man just trying to get recognition and some well deserved playing time. This time it took an Al Jefferson injury to catapult Enes Kanter into his one start this season where he performed admirably, albeit against the Toronto Raptors, but still, the center position, and the team did not skip a beat, rather they unleashed a beat down. 131-99 was the final tally with Kanter posting 18pts with 5/6 free throws and 8 rebounds, 4 of which were offensive. He did that in 34 min.
Example #2 comes from a more recent game in which we were down a Watson and a Mo Williams. Yes, Jamal Tinsley was available, but I guess Corbin got tired of seeing him pass on wide open three pointers. In comes Alec Burks to play the 4th quarter and overtime in the pg position. Now I guess I have to give Corbin some credit here, since Tinsley was healthy. It only took him 1 ½ seasons to realize its better to have a young inexperienced player on the court that can shoot and is athletic and hustles than an old vet that is scared to shoot. I love Tinsley, I am a huge fan of Tinsley, as a 3rd PG. He can teach the young guys a lot, from the bench, and in practice, and in the locker room.
It’s hard to be patient, especially when we’ve been fairly spoiled throughout the years as Jazz fans. The hardest thing for me to deal with is this feeling that the development of our young talented players is being stunted by our coach and our FO. No one wants to see our team look like the Sacramento Kings; full of talent, but no direction and no professionalism. And no one wants to see our young guys jump ship at the end of their rookie contract, or get frustrated with the direction of the team, or learn the bad habits of our overpaid big men.
Its time for a shake up Jazz. Bench the starters and Corbin. Start the bench and let the assistants coach.
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