Because former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan was such a fixture on the bench for the last 23 years, his successor was sort of an afterthought in most of the media coverage of Sloan’s unexpected resignation on Thursday.
But Sloan’s exit has resulted in former DePaul star Tyrone Corbin finally getting a chance to be a head coach in the NBA. Corbin was elevated from assistant coach to acting head coach as soon as Sloan leaving became official.
“Ty, I was fortunate enough to coach him,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who was an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves when Corbin played there. “He’s a great guy, a great teacher, a great communicator and I think the fact that he played in (Utah’s) system and worked under Jerry, it’s gonna be a great asset for him.”
Said Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, who spent six seasons with the Jazz: “I texted (Corbin Thursday) and wished him luck. I called coach Sloan and wished him the best of luck as well and told him it was an honor playing for him and congratulated him on a heck of a career and I told him good luck finding happiness in retirement.”