Chris Jent Rumors
The Phoenix Suns and Bakersfield Jam have named Chris Jent head coach of the Jam. “It’s an honor to be named Head Coach of the Bakersfield Jam and to be a part of an organization like the Phoenix Suns,” said Jent. “Personally, it’s a great opportunity to once again be a Head Coach and there couldn’t be a better setting in the NBA D-League to help players develop and reach their basketball potential than in Bakersfield. I can’t wait to get into the gym with the team and try to do something special as a group.”
The Suns are putting a piece of their future in the hands of Chris Jent. Jent, 45, will be tabbed as the next head coach of the Bakersfield Jam, the Suns’ D-League affiliate for which they run basketball operations with a mirror system. Jent has spent 8 1/2 seasons on NBA staffs, including an 18-game stint as Orlando’s interim head coach in 2005. He last served as Michael Malone’s lead assistant in Sacramento for the 2013-14 season and the start of the 2014-15 season until Malone’s firing.
Jimmer Fredette has had an up and down start not only to this season, but also to his NBA career. His minutes have yo-yoed back and forth during his time with the Sacramento Kings. Lately, that’s started to change and Fredette is finally seeing some consistent action on the floor. He may not be playing the minutes his diehard fans would like, but Fredette now knows he’s part of the rotation. That may be one of the reasons for the third-year guard’s improved comfort level on the floor according to Chris Jent. Among his many duties, the Kings lead assistant often works on shooting with Fredette and the other guards as well the wings during pregame warmups.