Bits from Tyrone Corbin Interview, 3/25
It has to be so frustrating for you as a coach when your players don’t play with energy…
Well, it’s difficult, you know? It’s difficult to coach when you can’t get the energy all up. And you know, the NBA season is a long season, and you’re not gon feel your very best every night out.
And we had a big win the other night [against Orlando]. And not looking to give the guys an excuse because we have to be ready and we have to play with a certain sense of energy and urgency every night we step out there on the floor, from where we are in our development. We can’t wait to get going.
We, it’s difficult for us to play from behind, ‘specially when Alec [Burks] is out, our guy who can come in and give us a lot of energy attacking the basket. The other night [against Detroit], we were relying on a lot of jump shots.
From a coach’s perspective, why do teams come out with low energy?
Well, you, 72 games. 70s-plus games in the NBA season.* You know, you collectively, guys, it’s some nights you don’t feel your best, and so y–some nights it’s one or two guys, you can play or you can coach around that.
But when it’s a group of guys, and you have a key guy out, then where do you go when you try and push the guys to get ’em through it. And sometimes you start off slow and you can get it going. We just never, last night, couldn’t get a consistent flow going…We just couldn’t get over the hump because we didn’t have a long run of the energy that we needed.
* Not a typo.
Why have you begun starting Enes Kanter recently?
Just where we are in the development, to match up with the guys. We wanna get a g–another good look at [Kanter and Derrick Favors] together, and see where they’ve grown. And as we space the floor with a guy like Marvin [Williams] in there, can we have an opportunity to go in the post with two big guys on the floor at the same time, and be able to attack from the back side, as we have been with Marvin.
How do you approach the final 11 games?
Well, continue to get, try and get better. You know, we wanna make sure that we come out and play hard every night. Play to compete in the games, and see what happen. We’re not here just to try and get through the games. We’re still trying to learn who we are and how we can get better.
Is it difficult for you, coaching in the last year of your contract?
It’s, you know what, it is what it is, man. I’ve been through this, in contract things, as a player, coaching. So, it is what it is. You can’t worry about that until you get there. It’s gonna be what it’s gonna be at the end.
Sidney Lowe said last week that he doesn’t know whether the Jazz have a vocal leader. Who do you think that guy could be?
Well, I think we have a couple guys that could grow into the spot. You know, you look at a young guy, Trey Burke, it’s great to have it if, he is a point guard, being that guy. We’d like to get Derrick Favors a little bit more vocal. We’d like for Gordon Hayward to be more vocal in those roles.
Marvin Williams has been a great leader, young gu–older guy with this young group of guys, saying the right things when he speak to ’em about getting better. And Richard [Jefferson]’s done those things for us. So, we’ll just have to keep working at it and see who comes out of the fold. You can’t make a guy that guy. It has to be something in his personality, and it just kinda develop over time. (1280)