Bits from Tyrone Corbin Interview, 2/19
How are you balancing playing vets vs. developing young players?
You know what? I’m not gonna talk about who I play and when I play and why I play ’em. That’s my decision. I understand this team better than the people that’s talking about what I should be doing with the rotation…
We are where we are. Al [Jefferson] and Paul [Millsap] are the veteran guys and they play as we allow the younger guys time to develop and be as good a team that we can be right now. And we’ll continue along that path. As the young guys get better, they’ll play more, and then Al and Paul will be able to sacrifice some of what they’re doing. All the guys are making sacrifices.
There’s some opinion that we should just play the young guys and see what happen. Well, you know, does that make us the best that we can be now?
Big-picture assessment of the team 54 games in
We’re gonna get better. We’re gonna get better. We’re trying to get better every night on the floor. And whatever anybody’s opinion is about where that is, let them have their opinion. They’re not out there on the floor.
Do you think Derrick Favors knows how good he can be?
You know what? You know, who knows? Who knows? You just have to work everyday. People sit and watch a guy make a move and say, “Wow! That guy make a move!”
If he duh duh, well yeah, I mean, who knows? If they do the same thing every time, would they be as good as at whatever they doing? Who knows how that would be?…
You see it happen in this league all the time. A guy have a good run, and somebody’s hurt, and the guy make a trade, and now he’s your starter and he’s not the same player, because he don’t play that role. That’s not who he is. He may have a run because somebody’s hurt, the guys, whatever those situations are.
So the guys that in it understand it more than the people that’s talking about it.
On whether he likes how the young guys have developed
Absolutely. Absolutely. They’re coming along fine. They gonna get better. They gonna be better. And we’re going to be a better team as a result of the experiences that we’re going through right now.
On 30-24 being a “decent” record
We’re growing. We’re right in the middle of the race for a Playoff spot. We have a lot of work left to do. I’m satisfied with the effort and the focus of this group of guys have had all year and will continue to have the rest of the year. And I’m satisfied with the growth that this group has had. (1280)