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Report: Kings hiring Bobby Jackson to coach the Stockton Kings

The Kings are giving Bobby Jackson a big opportunity to coach his own squad.

The state of the Stockton Kings has been in flux since COVID-19 decimated the 2019-20 G-League season.

The NBA put together a short, optional G-League bubble in Orlando back in February, but the Stockton Kings did not participate. Then-Stockton Kings GM Anthony McClish was let go in a round of COVID cuts in September, and head coach Ty Ellis did not have his contract renewed in the offseason.

The Kings' G-League squad has been essentially dormant for a year, but with a new G-League season approaching, it was time for the Kings to restock Stockton with new leadership.

News10's Sean Cunningham reported earlier this week that the Kings were considering three internal candidates for Stockton's head coach position: Bobby Jackson, Lindsey Harding, and Jonah Herscu. It appears that the Kings have made their decision.

According to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears, the Kings are hiring our old pal Bobby Jackson to run the team.

Bobby Jackson has a long and storied history with the Kings that started way back in 2000 when he first arrived in Sacramento. He went on to win Sixth Man of the Year in the only era of Kings basketball worth celebrating, and returned to the Kings as an assistant coach in 2011.

Despite the incredible front office and coaching staff turnover in Sacramento during the Vivek Ranadive era, Jackson has seemingly survived the madness. He's been in or around the organization off and on in various capacities since the Paul Westphal days, and it looks like that longevity and familiarity is being rewarded here.

I have no idea what kind of head coach Bobby Jackson will be for Stockton, but it's a great opportunity for the former King, and with his experience in player development, hopefully we'll start to see some improvement from the fringe NBA players on the main roster.

 

 

 

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Dub_TC
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May 27, 2021 11:07 am

Good for Bobby! I hope he does well.

Also, he walked past me once at the PF Changs in Roseville. His family went to sit and walked behind them, all slow and like a G.

Has nothing to do with his coaching, but still, he’s cool.

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May 27, 2021 1:30 pm
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I saw him at the galleria as well, years ago, he must be there often.

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May 27, 2021 11:20 am

I am happy for Jackson, but hope he is the right choice. He has been part of some pretty meh coaching staffs. I hope he can do more now that he is the lead dawg. This franchise needs a good farm system.

Also, I wonder if Jackson’s place on Walton’s staff will be filled by someone else. If not, it would be another confirmation of how cash-strapped this organization is.

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May 27, 2021 11:30 am

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Also, congrats to Jackson. Hope he does great.

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May 27, 2021 11:38 am

I have no idea if this is the right move, but I’m going to give the Kings the benefit of the doubt and assume this will be a complete disaster.

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