Published on February 18th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Tyrone Corbin: NBA Basketball Player and Coach
Source: AT&T 2015 South Carolina African-American History Calendar
Tyrone was born December 31, 1962 in Columbia, South Carolina to Mary and the
late Arthur Corbin.
A 1981 graduate of A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, SC, he helped his team win the
state basketball championship the year before he entered DePaul University in Chicago, IL.
He played from 1981 to 1985 at DePaul, the first three years under Hall of Fame coach Ray
Meyers. Corbin finished seventh on DePaul’s career scoring list, was a two-time honorable
mention AP All-America selection and an ALL-NIT choice in 1983. He was invited to the 1984
Olympic trials. He graduated from DePaul in 1985 with a degree in Computer Science.
Drafted as the 35th pick in the 1985 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs, Corbin played as a
small forward for 16 seasons in the NBA with nine different teams (San Antonio, Cleveland,
Phoenix, Minnesota, Utah, Atlanta, Sacramento, Miami and Toronto). After retiring as a player
in 2001, he spent two seasons as a mentor for young players with the North Charleston
Lowgators of the NBDL (NBA Development League).
Corbin was hired by the general manager of the New York Knicks, Scott Layden, as a
manager of player development for the 2003-04 season. In 2004, Corbin became an
assistant coach with the Utah Jazz under Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan and succeeded
Sloan as Head Coach in 2011. He joined the Sacramento Kings in 2014.
Described as goal-oriented, Corbin attributes the foundation of his beliefs to his mother. Her
philosophy includes: “You can achieve anything you want in life, but you have to count on
yourself.” Corbin and his wife Dante are the proud parents of two wonderful children, TyJha