Sunday, December 1 2013, 10:23 PM MST
Person 2 Person: Tyrone Corbin
Shauna Lake: Ty thank you so much for sitting down and doing this; I know this is a really busy time of year for you. Did you guys actually practice here today?
Tyrone Corbin: We did have practice this morning. Full day for us. We had ball signing this morning and the guys are a little sideways with me this morning because they had to sign so many balls.
Shauna Lake: So what does this time of year mean for you? Do you get excited? Do you get nervous? Is there a lot of adrenaline?
Tyrone Corbin: A lot of both; excited because there is a new group of young guys who are ready for a big challenge of seeing all the work we put into the summer and then into exhibition season and now it will come to fruition in the regular season.
Shauna Lake: How does it feel to you, I mean people here love the jazz, they adopt the jazz they live breath and die for the jazz do you love that or is that a lot of pressure?
Tyrone Corbin: I absolutely love it. I played here for 3 years and I experienced it as a player. It was always great to come home and play home games here because the fans are so excited about their team being here out on the floor. And now being a coach its a lot of the same. The enthusiasm of the fans around and the support they give the organization from a community standpoint has been tremendous.
Shauna Lake: What do you prefer playing or coaching?
Tyrone Corbin: Always playing-- I can't play anymore so I prefer coaching but I always when I could play I prefer playing.
Shauna Lake: I read somewhere when it came time for you to be assistant coach they asked and you were here the next day. That your work ethic is what makes people respect you and admire you and know that you are always the man for the job.
Tyrone Corbin: Well I appreciate that I am who I am. My mother was a hard worker and I guess I get it from her. I've always tried to follow her lead if I take somebody's job than I try and give them their money's worth
Shauna Lake: Is a big part of who you are because of your mother?
Tyrone Corbin: Absolutely, she's the hardest working and straight forward lady and she's only 5"5' but she was tough. We grew up in government housing in the projects. She and my dad separated when I was 5 years old so she raised 5 boys and my sister and she was hands on. She worked hard every day and she taught us the value of a great education and the responsibility of taking care of yourself to trust in god and believe in god and everything that you do matters.
Shauna Lake: Tell me about Dante, your high school sweetheart. You've been married to her for how long now?
Tyrone Corbin: We've been dating now for 32 years. We've been married for 25 years.
Shauna Lake: It's better to say you've been dating for 32 years and even though youre married youre still dating right?
Tyrone Corbin: Yeah, yeah we're still dating.
Shauna Lake: She's the love of your life you met her when you were a kid kind of right? And she has followed you through all these phases of your life.
Tyrone Corbin: Through a lot of phases in my life; she's been tremendous. We have 2 kids Tijah and Tyrell and they're great kids and she has done a great job of keeping the family together. I can't say enough about the sacrifices she's made.
Shauna Lake: What was it like for you to take over the reins of Jerry Sloansuch a legendary coach.
Tyrone Corbin: Well first of all I love the man. He's such a great guy and I really appreciate him and this organization giving me the opportunity of getting into the coaching profession when I did it's been 9 years ago now. Its difficult it's difficult to replace him because you can't replace what he has done. You can't replace the man because he's such a great guy and so I still really enjoy spending time with him.
Shauna Lake: Three more questions and then we'll be done. Guilty pleasure, something you do when you throw all caution to the wind.
Tyrone Corbin: There are a couple, desserts first; sugar. I'm a sweet addict. Sweet tea. I'm a South Carolina sweet tea guy.
Shauna Lake: Something that makes you really emotional; something you're passionate about.
Tyrone Corbin: Fairnessits on all fronts. I don't like when anybody or in any situation is not treated fairly.
Shauna Lake: If you had never been introduced to basketball what would you be doing with your life?
Tyrone Corbin: Probably in computers in some way. Coming out of high school I was in the FBLA and I was in the young business group and computers were just becoming big so I major in computer science in college. So you're a genius and athletic. Oh I don't know about genius but I love computers.
Shauna Lake: It jogs my memory; you did an internship with Apple.
Tyrone Corbin: I did an internship with Apple in Phoenix I did an internship with IBM in Chicago coming out of college.
Shauna Lake: Do you ever dream of where your life would have gone?
Tyrone Corbin: I never knew, I never knew. I like to think I would have been part of the whole Microsoft point and peck development.
Shauna Lake: My bet is on you I think you would have been. Ty it's so nice to get to know you person to person. Thank you so much.
-Written and Produced by Angie Dennison
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