Corbin relieved of his duties on Thursday ahead of Karl appointment…
Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has launched a scathing attack on the Sacramento Kings for their treatment of former coach Tyrone Corbin.
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Van Gundy insists that the franchise made a mockery of him with their public pursuit of George Karl, and he slammed their general treatment of Corbin who somehow managed to remain professional throughout.
The Kings announced on Thursday that Corbin would be relieved of his duties with Karl replacing him on a four-year deal with the franchise.
While Corbin will remain with the organisation in an advisory role, Van Gundy wasn’t left impressed with how they handled the situation.
“I think it’s an unfortunate situation the way it’s been handled,” he was quoted by ESPN.
“I think Tyrone Corbin has been treated very, very poorly by their organization. I think the way they’ve treated him is unfortunate and inexcusable for one of the real class acts in our business.
“To have a very public coaching, not search, courting going on and while you’re asking him to coach games, I think he’s handled it with a great deal of class.”
Corbin was initially appointed as interim coach for the rest of the season after the Kings opted to fire Mike Malone last year. However, after a 7-19 run with the team in his time in charge, the franchise opted to make an immediate change rather than wait until the end of the season.
It has been a contentious appointment for many reasons given that reports also suggested that there was discord from center DeMarcus Cousins’ camp over the decision.
However, that was later cleared up with suggestions that Cousins was upset with his lack of involvement as opposed to personally having an issue with Karl.