Bobby Jackson takes coaching job with Minnesota Timberwolves

Bobby Jackson and his daughter depart the court after the Sacramento Kings' last game against the Los Angeles Clippers. (Photo: Steven Chea)

One of the most beloved players in Sacramento Kings franchise history is leaving for a new opportunity.

Bobby Jackson is accepting a position as a player development coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves.  Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported the Wolves were finalizing a deal with Jackson to join the franchise yesterday morning.  Jackson took to Twitter last evening to confirm that he indeed would be making the move to Minneapolis.

“Sactown its been a blast working on my coaching skills here,” Jackson tweeted. “but its Time to take my coaching to Minn. Thank you for the great memories.”

Jackson’s departure from Sacramento leads to a reunion with former Kings coach Rick Adelman.  Jackson played five years under the current Timberwolves head coach in the capital city.  Adelman also coached Jackson for half a season with the Houston Rockets in 2008.

The former Sixth Man of the Year spent the last two seasons as a member of the Kings coaching staff, first under Paul Westphal followed by Keith Smart.  After Michael Malone was hired to replace Smart, the Kings relieved Jackson along with the remaining members of Smart’s staff of their duties.  Jackson, though, remained with the franchise as a community ambassador.

The 40-year-old has spent 16 years in the NBA as either a player, coach or team representative, 10 of which were in Sacramento.

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Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.