Former Utah Jazz coach Ty Corbin was at the Kings’ summer league practice Tuesday morning working with players, even though the team had not announced that he had been added to the team’s coaching staff.
Corbin reached an agreement to become coach Michael Malone’s lead assistant, league sources confirmed Monday night.
Malone remained mum as Corbin chatted with Kings center DeMarcus Cousins on the court.
“I’m not going to give you a head’s up or get into anything specific because there’s no official announcement,” Malone said. “There will be a formal announcement in the next couple of days.”
Corbin fills a void left when Brendan Malone resigned before last season. Brendan, Michael Malone’s father, is now on Stan Van Gundy’s coaching staff in Detroit.
Michael Malone was looking for an assistant who could “challenge” him and had experience as a head coach. Corbin was 112-146 in three-plus seasons after replacing Jerry Sloan and led the Jazz to the playoffs in his first full season, 2011-12.
Corbin played forward in the NBA from 1985 to 2001, including two stints with the Kings (1995-96 and 1999-00).
“(Cousins practicing) just shows his commitment, his willingness to set the tone and establish a relationship with our new player (Nik Stauskas) and continue to work with Ben (McLemore) and Ray (McCallum),” Malone said. “He is constantly developing as a person, as a player, and I love the direction he’s headed in.”
Malone said Cousins’ leadership growth was evident before he arrived in Las Vegas. Cousins took part in a voluntary June minicamp for young players in Sacramento.
Cousins is preparing for Team USA workouts later this month in Las Vegas.