Fans think former NBA player Matt Harpring should coach

harp-1Former NBA player Matt Harpring, is currently doing commentary for the Utah Jazz games, where he spent 7 of his 11 seasons.

Some of the Jazz fans, believe that “Harp” should do coaching for the Jazz, which are currently being headed by Tyrone Corbin, who took over the job, following the resignation of longtime coach Jerry Sloan.

As currently, Jazz stand last in the Western Conference’s Northwest division, the Jazz fans say Jazz should hire Harpring as head coach.

” Smart guy, understands the game. Could run the flex in his sleep. He’s tough and a good leader. Often seems puzzled by Ty Corbin’s coaching,” one of the fans wrote on a Jazz fan forum. ” Maybe not (coach) with the Jazz, but somewhere.”

The fans also expressed their negativity over Tyrone Corbin, noting that Harpring would be a great substitution for the current head coach.

“I know for a fact he’d be an upgrade over Ty Corbin. And he’s a damn smart guy. That’s the other thing. Ty just doesn’t come across as very sharp,” another fan wrote.

Another fan went as far as saying: “Anyone would be an upgrade over Ty Corbin. Whoopi Goldberg would be a better coach.”

Some fans believe Harpring should first become a coach’s assistant, since he doesn’t have any coaching experience.

“Harpring would atleast be better infront of the postgame camera. But I am concerned that, like Ty (Corbin), he has no head coaching experience. And maybe worse, he has no assistant coach experience. Not that it matters, his kids are young, his wife is a doctor. I doubt the family dynamic would allow him to committ to a coaches schedule. I think Harpring has more of an Alpha Male personality than Corbin, this team would probably benifit from that,” a fan wrote on the forum.

Thus far, no official statements have been made on this, yet it seems that the Jazz fans in general are in favor of Harpring taking over the head coaching for the Jazz. Time will tell.

harp-2Harpring also has a “Matt Harpring Basketball Camp“, where he teaches kids the fundamentals of basketball.

The Orlando Magic selected Harpring with the 15th pick in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft. In his rookie season, he averaged 8.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He started 22 of 50 games, averaging 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds as a starter. He was named to the 1998-99 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Harpring signed a free agent contract with the Utah Jazz in August 2002. Known as a smart, hard-working player, he fit well in Utah’s offensive system, playing alongside superstars Karl Malone and John Stockton.

Harpring played the best basketball of his career, averaging 17.6 points per game while shooting 51.1 percent from the floor and 41.3 percent on three-pointers.

After Malone left to LA Lakers and Stockton retired, Harpring was named team captain by coach Jerry Sloan. Harpring provided leadership for the young team, which played surprisingly well despite the departures of Malone and Stockton.

Harpring’s season ended suddenly with a knee injury that required surgery to repair. In 31 games, he averaged 16.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. At the time of his injury, he was Utah’s leading scorer.

Harpring returned from his injury the following season, but saw his role on the team reduced as Andrei Kirilenko emerged as an All-Star at small forward, and the Jazz added power forwards Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur to the roster.

In 2009, after suffering various injuries and a post-surgery infection in his ankle, Harpring announced that he would probably not be able to continue playing in the NBA.

In his NBA career, Harpring played in 665 games (348 started), averaging 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 26.4 minutes per game.


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