Kings notes: Familiar face at workout a bit odd for ex-Buckeye

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas hadn't seen Chris Jent since the end of the Buckeyes' season.

When Thomas saw Jent on Monday during his predraft workout in Sacramento, the former Ohio State assistant had a new job – Michael Malone's lead assistant with the Kings.

The 6-foot-7 Thomas, a possible second-round draft pick by the Kings, admitted it was "a little bit" odd to see Jent in his new role.

"I'm used to seeing him over at Ohio State," Thomas said. "He made a big decision. He had to make a decision for his family, and it's good to see him."

While Jent is noted for his ability to improve the perimeter shooting of players, Thomas said his former coach does so much more.

"Coach Jent was more of an intensity guy," Thomas said. "He also coached on the defensive end, too, out there just being active and showing that good effort. And he's a good offensive coach."

Jent was on the staff with Malone in Cleveland when LeBron James played for the Cavaliers. Jent also has an NBA championship ring with the Houston Rockets in 1994.

Also participating in Monday's six-player workout were forwards C.J. Aiken of Saint Joseph's, Will Clyburn of Iowa State and Robert Covington of Tennessee State and guards Nurideen Lindsey of Rider and Lorenzo Brown of North Carolina State.

The Kings today will hold another six-player workout that includes San Diego State guard Chase Tapley from Sacramento High School. Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr., son of the former NBA All-Star, also will participate, joined by guards Ra'Shad James of Northwood and Trent Lockett of Marquette and forward Rodney Williams of Minnesota. Rounding out the group is New Mexico guard Tony Snell, who will work out for the Kings for a second time.

Firing line – Shortly after the Kings announced the hiring of general manager Pete D'Alessandro, the restructuring of the organization's business and basketball departments resumed.

As expected, several employees who worked under basketball president Geoff Petrie were released, including his son, assistant basketball vice president Mike Petrie, basketball vice president Wayne Cooper, scouting director Scotty Stirling, video coordinator Joe Cook, security guard Joe Nolan, property manager Steve Schmidt and administrative assistant Sheli Gottlieb.

The biggest surprise might have been media relations spokesman Devin Blankenship, a native Sacramentan who had been with the franchise for 13 years.

During the final months of the Maloofs' majority ownership, when employees were fleeing by the dozens, anticipating a move to Seattle instead of a sale to the Vivek Ranadive group that meant the team would stay in Sacramento, Blankenship earned praise for his consistently helpful and professional manner.

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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