When the Suns fired Jeff Hornacek mid-season, they replaced him with Earl Watson, who was just a year removed from his last season as a player. It was an obvious interim case for a struggling team, until exit interviews, when nearly every player told management they wanted Watson to be the permanent head coach. So he is. And so far, he’s assembled a veteran staff to help him as a relatively inexperienced coach. He already poached Jay Triano from Portland’s bench as associate head coach, and now Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that he’s hired Tyrone Corbin for his staff.
Corbin spent four seasons as head coach of the Jazz as well as part of the 2014-15 season as interim coach in Sacramento, between the Kings’ firing of Michael Malone and hiring of George Karl. As the Suns rebuild with a young coach, they’re doing well to surround Watson with experienced assistants. Corbin is well respected around the league and got a raw deal with his treatment in Sacramento, so it’s nice to see him end up on his feet somewhere else.