Report: Kings hiring former Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin as lead assistant


Even when the Jazz ousted Tyrone Corbin as their head coach in April, it was clear he still had a place in the NBA – if he wanted one.

Corbin had served for years under Jerry Sloan in Utah. Though he wasn’t cut out to be a head coach, at least not right now, Corbin had acquitted himself well as an assistant.

He’ll continue his career in that role.

Sam Amick of USA Today:

Former Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin has reached an agreement to become the lead assistant for Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

Malone, to his credit, targeted a lead assistant who previously served as a head coach. In his first year as a head coach, Malone steered the team to just a 28-54 record. He could use the guidance.

Corbin lands a new job with a team he twice played for, though neither stint lasted longer than a season.

Malone-Corbin isn’t necessarily a winning ticket – at least not in a division that features Alvin Gentry and Ron Adams (Warriors) and whomever Doc Rivers hires for the Clippers as assistants and the quickly impressive Jeff Hornacek head-coaching the Suns. But the Kings’ coaching duo should have Sacramento better-prepared than last season.

The Kings definitely have a head-start on the coach-less Lakers.