Bobby Jackson joins the Timberwolves as a player development coach. He played for the team and starred at the University of Minnesota.

Former Kings player, coach Jackson hired by Timberwolves

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Former Kings player and coach Bobby Jackson was introduced Monday in Minneapolis as the newest addition to the Timberwolves' coaching staff.

Jackson, hired as a player development coach, reunites with Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman, who coached the Kings when Jackson was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2002-03.

"I played for Rick for six years, so it's great to have an opportunity to learn from him and how to be a professional coach," said Jackson 40. "Why not be around someone that's been around for 20-plus years?"

Jackson served as an assistant coach for the Kings the past two seasons but wasn't retained by new head coach Michael Malone.

While the rest of the coaches from fired coach Keith Smart's staff were let go, Jackson was told he could remain with the Kings in an undetermined position, likely similar to the ambassador role he filled during the 2009-10 season before moving to the front office.

Jackson has other connections with Timberwolves. He played for Minnesota for two seasons before joining the Kings in the 2000-01 season. He also starred at the University of Minnesota for two seasons and led the Golden Gophers to the Final Four in 1997.

Jackson said he was happy the Kings wanted to keep him, but he wanted to continue to develop as a coach.

"It's great to come back here," Jackson said. "It's great to be a part of a place where I had some great memories."

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