Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin is a grown man and he surely doesn't need me fighting his battles for him.
He doesn't need Doug Collins doing it either.
As far as I'm concerned, I've been on record for a while now saying Corbin deserves some latitude here in the early part of his career as a head coach. His players have underperformed this season -- and ultimately that's his responsibility -- but he can only coach the guys on his roster.
The fact remains, he's been handcuffed with some difficult circumstances this season, first with injuries and later with some personnel issues.
As for Collins, the Philadelphia 76ers' head coach, he had Corbin's back prior to Monday's Jazz-Sixers game at EnergySolutions Arena.
"As a coach, the one thing you always have to do is, you have to be in sync with the philosophy of your organization -- 'Where are we headed?'" he said. "Ty is great (at doing that)."
Perhaps some background might be in order.
Collins, 61, is no stranger to the game. He was an All-American at Illinois State, played for the United States in the 1972 Olympics -- the team that was cheated out of a gold medal -- and was a No. 1 overall draft pick of the Sixers in 1973.
Most basketball fans will remember Dr. J playing in Philadelphia -- and they should -- but Collins was a four-time All-Star with the Sixers and a critical part of those teams.
He has also coached the Bulls, Pistons, Wizards and Sixers.
The important thing to remember is, Collins knows what he's talking about when it comes to basketball and the NBA.
He can also relate to what Corbin is going through as a young coach, which is why he was asked about the challenges Corbin is facing this season. Specifically, he addressed the idea of lineups and the notion of finding time for young players vs. making a playoff push.
"I think what you do as a coach is, you sit down and you talk with your ownership and you talk with your general manager and you talk with the president," Collins explained. "You talk about where you are. I'm sure probably what they're saying is, as long as they're in the playoffs -- the playoff chase -- they've got to do whatever they can to stay in it."
With the Jazz, Corbin and the team's decision-makers are on the same page. They want the playoffs, and going into tonight's game with Phoenix, they're only a game behind the Lakers for the No. 8 spot.
For what it's worth, Collins said he agrees with that philosophy.
"We're going to try to win every game we can," he said. "I just think it's important."
In Philadelphia there is a push for Collins to give more time to rookie power forward Arnett Moultrie.
Sound familiar, Jazz fans?
Collins said he, too, is curious to see what Moultrie can do.
"I want (Moultrie) to get out and play," he said. "But we want to compete. We want to show our people in Philadelphia every single night that our guys are trying to play to win. It's been a tough year for us."
Even to a greater extent than the Jazz, the Sixers have been torn apart by injuries this season, which explains their bad record.
But even so, it's interesting to note the way other teams in the league look at the challenge of making the postseason vs. turning the ship over to young, untested players.
Yes, it's possible to do both. But the fact remains, it's a business across the board, for the team, players and coaches.
Corbin is under fire these days for not using his younger players more -- and maybe he should. But I put stock in Collins' opinion because he knows the game inside and out.
The Jazz's philosophy is to continue pushing for the playoffs and that means using proven veterans rather than stashing them on the bench. To do otherwise would be a risky career move, wouldn't it?