Although Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin has fielded his share of criticism for missing the playoffs, management is working to deflect that back to itself.
Which means at least one thing: upper management feels fairly certain the future is bright. Otherwise, why take the blame?
General manager Dennis Lindsey said on Thursday that “Frankly, the conversations and arrows on April 18 have to be pointed at us on why we fell short from a personnel standpoint and what we’re going to do going forward.”
“Us” meaning he and vice president Kevin O’Connor.
Lindsey didn’t stop there, saying even some of the game’s legendary coaches couldn’t have done better at managing nine free agents and the long-term injury absence of Mo Williams.
“From a management standpoint of playing time, if you just took Ty Corbin’s name off the head coaching ledger, and put any coach up there — John Wooden, Jerry Sloan, Gregg Popovich, Rudy Tomjanovich, Jeff Van Gundy – all coaches I’ve dealt with before – you (media) guys would be asking the same questions and the fans and the talk shows and the blogs would have the same complaints, because it wasn’t a perfect alternative.”
Earlier in his remarks, Lindsey admitted mistakes, saying, “(Corbin’s) not the perfect coach, I’m not the perfect GM, we’re not the perfect organization, so what we’re gonna do next week is get in a room together and take gloves off and get real honest with each about where we fell short.”
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