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Corbin has full support of Jazz ownership, Lindsey says

Published April 18, 2013 5:05 pm
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Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said Thursday afternoon that coach Tyrone Corbin has the "full support" of ownership and management despite the fact the team missed the playoffs this season.Speaking to reporters at EnergySolutions Arena, Lindsey was asked for an update on Corbin's status after he guided the Jazz to a 43-39 record — ninth in the Western Conference."Ty's our coach and has the Miller's family full support," Lindsey said, adding the franchise "subscribes to a little different philosophy" than the "blame-the-coach culture" that is so common in professional sports. "I know that's not going to pacify all the masses of our fans," Lindsey said. "But Ty is ... the right person to lead us and ... he's really growing as a coach."Lindsey said executive vice president of basketball operations Kevin O'Connor "saw a lot of growth" in Corbin during the season. Still, Lindsey plans to meet with Corbin next week to discuss the improvements that are needed as the Jazz move forward."He's not the perfect coach, I'm not the perfect general manager [and] we're not the perfect organization," Lindsey said. "We'll get in a room together, take the gloves off and get real honest with each other about where we fell short and how we can improve the assets we have. And we do have a lot of positive qualities. Hopefully, over the coming weeks and months, we will do a good job of problem-solving."According to Lindsey, Jazz management is "very" disappointed the team missed the playoffs. He refused to blame injuries or the fact the Jazz play in the rugged Western Conference, where five teams won at least 56 games. "We can look back at particular games or calls and do the if-we-were-in-the-Eastern Conference thing," Lindsey said. "But I'm of the Bill Parcells mindset that your record doesn't lie, especially over 82 games. It always tells you the truth ... and it wasn't good enough to be in the playoffs this year."— Steve Luhm




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