In today’s “B.S. Report,” Grantland’s Bill Simmons and Zach Lowe reviewed storylines from the first week of the NBA regular season and while discussing which coaches are likely to be fired soon – Lowe recounted an interaction he had with Jazz head coach Ty Corbin today in Brooklyn.
The entire podcast can be listened to here with the discussion on Corbin starting at the 52:10-mark.
Lowe retold his encounter as such:
Zach Lowe: “I saw Ty Corbin today, by the way, it was an unpleseant interaction at their shootaround in Brooklyn.”
Bill Simmons: “Oh no is it my fault?”
Zach Lowe: “No for once it was not your fault. Here’s what happened with Ty Corbin. I asked him…I said I watched your team the other night in Houston. It seemed like you know – I asked him a question about their pick-and-roll defense basically it seemed like Derrick Favors and Kanter were coming out pretty far on pick-and-rolls, and is that their strategy every night, are they going to change it by opponent, and he looked at me and is like ‘What you ask me to tell you our scouting report? What – like what are you crazy?’
And I said ‘Well some coaches are willing to talk X’s and O’s with me’ and then he just said ‘Well why don’t you talk to those other coaches then don’t talk to me.’
I said ‘Okay, see you later coach!’”
Bill Simmons: “Wow, Ty Corbin…”
Zach Lowe: “It did not go well for me and Ty Corbin today – it was basically-it did not go well.”
For the record, I don’t fault Ty Corbin for refusing to divulge coaching strategies to the media although (based off Lowe’s version of the encounter) I do think it could have been handled more tactfully.
Zach Lowe does great work and it’s unfortunate he didn’t get to ask Ty anything substantive regarding Utah’s screen-roll defense. For now, the standard “Ty what went wrong in the second half?” postgame questions will have to suffice.