Kings Hire Chris Jent As Assistant Coach

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Sacramento Kings announced their first assistant coach hire since hiring Michael Malone as head coach at the end of May.

Chris Jent, 43, joins the Kings from Ohio State, where he worked as an assistant coach since 2011. With Jent, the Buckeyes were 60-15 over the last two seasons, earning a Final Four berth in 2012 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2013.

“Adding Chris to our coaching staff provides the team with a coach who will remain loyal to the mission of returning this franchise to prominence,” said Malone. “He’s experienced at the professional and collegiate levels, is extremely well-prepared, and has made a significant contribution in every stop along his coaching career.”

Jent spent a decade playing professionally, including two years in the NBA. He was a member of the 1994 NBA Champion Houston Rockets and played for the New York Knicks during the 1996-97 season.

The Kings announced last week it would not be retaining any of its assistant coaches.

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