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  • JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS / jvillegas@sacbee.com

    Jerry and Dodie Reynolds moved to Roseville after the Kings arrived in Sacramento and have lived in the same house ever since.

  • JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS / jvillegas@sacbee.com

    Thanks for the memories: Jerry Reynolds' modest man cave features a few key mementos. Among them are his college diplomas and certificates (including his induction into the West Georgia College Hall of Fame), preserved newspaper clippings from his days as the Kings head coach, a recent Emmy and two basketballs.

Kings' Jerry Reynolds loves low-key life in Roseville

Published: Saturday, Mar. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Friday, May. 31, 2013 - 11:16 pm

Through triumph, turmoil and relocation talks, Jerry Reynolds remains one of the most beloved members of the Kings organization. In his 28th season with the NBA team, the former coach and general manager now serves as director of player personnel and broadcaster.

When he's not on television or courtside, Reynolds spends most of his time in his Roseville home. It has everything he needs: a treadmill, a TV and a comfortable recliner.

"It's the secret to a long and happy marriage," Reynolds quipped.

Over their almost three decades in Sacramento, Jerry and Dodie Reynolds have thought about moving. But they stay in the same Roseville house they bought new almost 24 years ago. Jerry, 69, still mows his own lawn. Dodie works in her garden.

Dodie gets credit for finding the 3,000-square-foot, four-bedroom ranch house, tucked into a quiet cul de sac. With comfortable furnishings, tile floors and lots of golden oak, the modest home remains understated – just like Jerry.

"When I went house-hunting, Jerry said it had to be 15 minutes from the arena," she recalled. "And it was 15 minutes – at 10 in the morning."

These days, Reynolds' commute to Sleep Train Arena takes considerably longer, but the couple love their quiet neighborhood.

A do-it-yourselfer, Dodie has remodeled both bathrooms and the kitchen, which opens into the spacious family room – her favorite part of the house. She's now updating the oak kitchen again with new paint and blinds.

This winter, Dodie tore out a backyard deck to make room for terraced planters next to their lap pool. She also created a four-level water feature from flagstone.

"I used to do everything myself, but now I know when to bring in some expert help," said Dodie, a retired teacher. "I try to get projects done while Jerry is on the road."

Said Jerry, "I know when to stay out of the way."

During various projects, many mementos from Reynolds' long career have been tucked away in large oak cabinets in the living room, den and man cave.

"Over the years, you accumulate a lot of stuff," said Reynolds. "I don't particularly have a favorite 'thing.' What I value most are the memories, the people; that's what sticks with you."

Photos of basketball colleagues dot the walls of the family room and hall. In one frame, Reynolds and then-coach Bill Russell laugh together before a Kings game. Near the den's fireplace is a shot of good friend and NBA legend Larry Bird, standing next to the fireplace with Reynolds – the second most famous product of French Lick, Ind.

Willis Reed and other NBA greats peer out from other photos, bringing back fond memories.

Married for 45 years, Jerry and Dodie Reynolds came to Sacramento with the Kings from Kansas City in 1985. At that time, Jerry was an assistant coach. If the Kings leave for Seattle, they won't be moving again.

"This is our home," Jerry said. "I try not to think about it. I've been blessed to be part of this great community for 28 years. I'm staying."

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