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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