Bits from Tyrone Corbin Interview, 3/11
That first home game after a road trip is one of the toughest. Not trying to make any excuses by any means, but does that first day back with the travel and transition sometimes feel like an extension of the road trip?
It does. It does. I mean, you have so many things, you, you know, guys have lives also, and you, you know, you’re coming home, you’re packing. We had one day in between, being the Sunday, and then we played on a Monday.
Had pra–shootaround that morning, and it’s so many other things. The guys have family in town, you got the family going on. You wanna take care of some things, people want, you know, they wanna see and spend time with you. You’re tired from the trip, and then a game comes up.
Why did the team lose the defensive fight they had before they left on the road trip?
Well, the road. The road, I think, had something to do with it. And the crowd. Some teams shot the ball, they got a rhythm going against us a little bit, and we didn’t fight at all for pushing ’em off their spot. We didn’t take much of what we’re trying to take away from guys.
They were getting transition baskets, I think points in the paint, they were getting too many, you know, with the transition. We turned the ball over a little bit more than we had been accustomed to doing. And those led to scores for ’em.
So, you know, just some slippage in execution, but you know, it’s part of growing a young group on the road.
How do you help young players and a young team understand and grow through growing pains?
Well, the main thing is that you gotta understand that losing is not fun. And you can’t fall in love with losing, even though [in losses] you can play well. You lose the game, it’s a loss. I mean, it’s a “L” in your column.
So, with that said, you gotta make sure what mistakes you made that caused you to lose games, and work on those things. And when you come into practice, your focus have to be there. Mentally and physically.
You have so many young players on this team that want to show their progression. How do you keep them loose?
You know, you don’t wanna, you know, overwhelm guys. They’re a little bit overwhelmed with just the situations of the season, the number of games, but understand that, you know, this is what we do.
Working and playing ball should be fun, but while you’re having fun doing it, you should be focused on the job and you can’t get yourself too uptight where you can’t find, figure your way out of it. So, we, it’s a delicate balance of trying to do some things to relax the guys.
Is there a sense of urgency to finish the season strong, even though the playoffs are out of reach, especially with uncertain futures/contract situations with players and yourself?
Well, I always feel that, you know, playing and being as good as we can be. That’s what I always focus on. Contract stuff, it’ll work itself out. I, you know, I’ve been blessed to be in this league for a long time. I’ll be fine.
But I think if you take care of your business at hand, you do the best job you can do, while you are where you are, everything else will work itself out. And that’s not just for me, that’s for all the players who come through, that they have to play a certain way.
And we’re not playing just to finish. We’re playing to be as good as we can be, develop the guys that we have, and we’ll go from there. And everything else will take care of itself, and that’s the only thing we can control now. Be as good and work as hard as you can now to be as good of players and team as we can be right now. (1280)