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Timberwolves promote David Adelman, hire Jackson

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm •  Published: September 9, 2013
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bobby Jackson's playing career first took off when he arrived in Minnesota as a junior college transfer.

Now he's hoping a return to the state where he became a star will give his coaching career the same kind of jolt.

Jackson was named a player development coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday as part of a reorganization of coach Rick Adelman's staff. Adelman's son, David, was promoted from player development coach to assistant coach as well.

Jackson starred for two seasons with the Golden Gophers, leading them to a Final Four appearance in 1997 before embarking on a 12-year NBA career. He played for Rick Adelman for six of those seasons, in Sacramento and Houston.

"He kind of took me from a loose cannon to a nice young player," Jackson said of Rick Adelman. "I have a lot of respect for him and what he's done for the game and how he improves players' games. He doesn't say a lot, but when he wants to get something through, he knows how to do it."

Jackson also spent two seasons playing for the Timberwolves under Flip Saunders, who is now the president of basketball operations. When the team chose not to renew player development coach Shawn Respert's contract, Saunders reached out to his fellow former Gopher.

"In Bobby Jackson, we are bringing a Minnesota basketball icon back to our state," Saunders said in a statement issued by the team. "Bobby has the respect of players around our league and did a great job working with the young Kings players this past season. Both Rick Adelman and I are very familiar with Bobby and are excited to have him on our coaching staff."

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