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Stu's Hunt Down: Ex-Wolves player and new Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • February 24, 2011 - 2:19 PM

Commenter Stu does his thing every week, except last week, when we forgot about him. Stu?

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The Huntdown

 
Name: Tyrone Corbin
 
Claim to Fame, Minnesota: one of the original Timberwolves, Corbin was drafted by Minnesota in the 1989 expansion draft from Phoenix. I vaguely recall him being a fan favorite during his time here, which is probably more of a “damning with faint praise” thing than anything else. Can anyone else confirm/deny? Corbin can lay claim to recording the first triple-double in team history. The Wolves traded him to Utah for Thurl Bailey and Utah’s 2nd-round draft pick in 1992. If I’m reading the draft positions correctly, they used it on Tim Burroughs. No, I don’t remember him, either.
 
Claim to Fame, Everywhere Else: how much of a journeyman was Ty Corbin? The DePaul alum played for nine different teams, including two separate stints with the Hawks and Kings, over the course of 16 seasons. Among the many players he was traded for: current Mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson, Spud Webb, Billy Owens, and Eric Montross. After retiring, Corbin worked with the excellently-named Charleston Lowgators and the New York Knicks before accepting an assistant coach gig with the Jazz in 2004. 
 
Where He Is Now: is the new head coach of the Utah Jazz, replacing Jerry Sloan. Unfortunately, the Jazz are winless so far in his tenure, but at least they still have one of the game’s best point--oh, well then. As Kris Humphries might say, good luck with that, Tyrod! Corbin also has a wife and two children, one of whom is a top Utah HS basketball player.
 
Is He On Twitter: no.
 
Glorious Randomness: Corbin was NOT one of the starting five for the first Timberwolves game. For future reference/bar trivia night: Sam Mitchell, Tod Murphy, Brad Lohaus, Tony Campbell and Sidney Lowe. Mitchell scored the first basket, but the second “d” in Tod Murphy’s first name was never found.
 
(Thanks to RandBall commenter “Roughkat” for the suggestion.)

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