Bits from Tyrone Corbin Interview, 4/15
How are you dealing with this season?
Well, you just manage it, you know? It’s not the ideal situation to be in. We are where we are. You know, we talked about this end of last su–during the summer last year, and talked about, you know, once they decided to make the change into what the season could be like.
And now we’re here. We’re at the end of the year. It’s been a long year. A lot of ups and downs, a lot of learning for different guys in different roles. A lot of questions about everything that’s going on, and it was to be expected.
I said right from the beginning, when they decided to go down this route, in no way this is good for the coaches. Because in the, you know, you get questioned about everything going on with young guys. So, we are here. I, you know, it’s not completely a surprise, but then again, you know, you hope for the things to go a little different, and then they have. But we are where we are.
Has this been the most frustrating season of your basketball career?
In coaching, it has been…
It’s been a little bit more frustrating because the ups and downs, the peaks and valleys. You, you know, you have guys out in the beginning of the year, you hit a stride, you going along pretty good, and you, maintaining those things and trying to find out what you’re gonna get from different guys on a consistent basis.
And we just haven’t been able to get a consistent group together for a long period of time and get the same performance…That’s to be expected with young guys in this league.
What effect has “outside voices” had on the team this year?
Well, it’s, you know, it’s been a task managing that all year. Right from the beginning, you talk about young team, and then this whole tanking thing became popular because of where you are and what some other teams are doing. …
I thought last night, you know, with all the talk last couple of days, and I don’t listen to a lot of it. I just kinda heard, they briefed me on something about, you know, how it’s better for where we are now to lose games. And that’s difficult for players, especially young guys, to understand.
How critical is it for young players in this league to listen to the right voices, when sometimes the people that happen to be talking to them are people they trust in their basic real life?
It’s huge. I, you know, I was a young player in this league, and you know, I have family and friends that just talk about what’s best for me.
And my coaches may be saying different things than what role they’re looking for me to play, and they’re the ones who control it, and they’re the ones who dictate how much I will play on the floor. And if I’m not on the floor, how I get a chance to expand my role.
So you have to make sure you’re listening to the right people. You have to make sure you understand and honest with who yourself, and who you are and what you do well to help your team win, and you to get an opportunity to get on the floor, so you can expand your game by being on the floor.
And that’s one of the biggest tasks in this league that guys got to fight against, and coaches have to deal with, because all these guys have inner circle who’s telling them what they wanna hear and not necessarily what they need to hear. (1280)