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Utah Jazz: Corbin feels for Kings fans

Published January 23, 2013 11:52 am

Jazz notes • Sacramento might lose its team to Seattle.
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During his NBA career, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin played 103 games in parts of two seasons with the Sacramento Kings.

With the franchise apparently moving to Seattle — pending developments — Corbin's heart is with the fans who embraced him as a Kings player and cheered against him when he was a member of other organizations.

"Sacramento is a great city," Corbin said. "They did a great job supporting the team. I really enjoyed my time there and I've always enjoyed going there. ...

"The people are tremendous. I feel bad for everybody, but especially for the folks who will lose their jobs. A lot of jobs are lost when a team leaves a city."

Taking their time

Corbin has felt like a college coach lately.

When the Jazz play Washington on Wednesday at EnergySolutions Arena, it will be their third game in 11 nights.

"You have a couple of days to prepare for the next game," Corbin said. "It's been like college."

The break has given the Jazz a chance to recover from a hectic schedule in November and December. But it has also challenged Corbin to keep his team playing well.

Utah has won five of its last six games.

"We've been playing pretty good," Corbin said. "When you're playing well, you kind of want to ride that momentum. ... But we've had good days of practice and the guys [are] rested."

3-point success 'contagious'

The Jazz are shooting 37.3 percent from the 3-point line, putting them in the top 10 in the league.

Randy Foye ranks sixth among individuals in 3-point percentage at 43.7.

He trails San Antonio's Matt Bonner (48.4), Golden State's Stephen Curry (46.4), Atlanta's Kyle Korver (45.0), New York's Steve Novak (44.7) and Milwaukee's Mike Dunleavy (43.8).

According to Corbin, the Jazz's success from the 3-point line is predicated on "guys making the right play.

"They aren't making up their mind they're going to do [something] before the play develops. They are reading what happens and trusting — if they get doubled — that everybody is going to make the right play. And it becomes contagious."







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