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Tyrone Corbin need not look over his shoulder, this season at least.
“We’re behind Ty," Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro said in a radio interview on KHTK Monday morning. "Tyrone Corbin is our coach for the rest of the year."
Corbin took over for Michael Malone on Dec. 15, and there was some confusion regarding his title. Assumed to be an interim head coach, it was confirmed last Wednesday that there was never an "interim" in Corbin's title.
The Kings were out to a 9-6 start before DeMarcus Cousins was sidelined with viral meningitis. Sacramento fell to 11-13 and Malone was fired. D’Alessandro -- an admitted analytics follower who hired data guru Dean Oliver in training camp -- indicated there were data points that showed sticking with Malone wasn’t the right fit for Sacramento in the long run.
“Not fair to string (Malone) out,” D’Alessandro said on the timing of the decision. “For us it wasn’t working out.”
When Malone was fired, there was plenty of speculation that the Kings would court veteran coach George Karl. D’Alessandro indicated that he has a long relationship with Karl and has talked to him, but the GM did not undermine his current staff.
"We put all of our support behind Ty," he confirmed.
D’Alessandro was pressed on why there was not a two- or three-year commitment to Corbin.
"We’ve got to make it correct," D'Alessandro said. "Let’s see how this plays out. We want Ty to succeed. We’re fans (of Corbin).”
The Kings are 3-7 since Corbin took over, and have yet to keep an opponent under 100 points.
“Not fair to judge Ty on record," D’Alessandro said. "We didn’t judge Michael on record."