Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey joined our radio show Gunther and Graham on 1320 KFAN Monday to discuss a wide range of topics. One of which is we asked what power coach Tyrone Corbin has in the balancing act of minutes between the veterans and younger players. Lindsay said Corbin has full say:
“In the Jazz organization the coach is the king.”
Lindsey went on to talk about how they cannot allow players to go straight to management and that right or wrong it all has to funnel through the head coach. He did admit they talk about rotations etc. much like Lindsey would ask Corbin for input on trades and the shaping of the roster. But in the end, according to Lindsey, Corbin is the one determining the rotation and the amount of minutes the younger players deserve.
So if you buy it, I guess that means it’s Corbin who is deciding to give Derrick Favors just 21 to 22 minutes per game. It’s Corbin who elected to not play Alec Burks at the beginning of the season. It’s Corbin who is giving limited minutes to Enes Kanter. And it’s Corbin who is playing to win as opposed to fully developing the younger players for the future. You buying it?
Yes he does deserve some of the blame if you are one that wants to see the younger players play more but really he is following his marching orders set forth by Lindsey and Kevin O’Connor. As Lindsey essentially said the Jazz are sticking to the plan of trying to do it all–winning, making the playoffs and developing younger players. So Corbin is the one to decide how to make all that happen. Clearly it’s almost an impossible task to please everyone–even for a so-called “king.”