It was a rare occurrence on Thursday when the Jazz’s Jerry Sloan took the media to task for criticizing Tyrone Corbin.
That surprised me on two fronts. First, Sloan seldom if ever complained about criticism leveled toward himself as a coach. Second, no media that I recall outright called for Corbin to be fired at the end of the 2012-13 season.
Here is Sloan’s comment during his press conference on Thursday: “I think there should be a little bit more fairness sometimes; I didn’t think he was treated fairly by the press, if you want to know my feelings as time was going by, and I think he deserves better than that.”
He went on to say “I thought he (Corbin) did a great job of coaching.”
Some say Salt Lake is a “soft” media market that gives coaches too much leeway. I don’t think it’s New York, but it’s not a blindly compliant town, either. Ron McBride didn’t get a free pass at the end of his career at Utah, nor did Rick Majerus. Neither did Gary Crowton at BYU. Gary Andersen was taken to task by some in the media for bolting to Wisconsin after saying he was staying at USU.
I believe in general the media coverage of Corbin has been balanced.
This is what I wrote nine days ago about Corbin’s situation: “The Jazz need to get back to making the playoffs every year. If that opportunity is missed in 2013-14, fans can add Corbin to the list of dearly departed. It’s not as though it would be irrational or heartless if the Jazz fired the likable Corbin next year. It would be right on schedule, considering how the league is trending. He had a worse record than five of the coaches who were fired this postseason.”
My expectation was that Corbin will be allowed one more year to make the playoffs (he is 0-4 in his one appearance).
The Tribune’s Kurt Kragthorpe suggested Corbin needed to make the playoffs to prove himself.
How fairly do you think Corbin has been covered by the local media?