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.