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Kings hire Jent as as an assistant coach

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The Sacramento Kings announced Monday that Chris Jent was hired to be part of head coach Michael Malone's staff.

Jent, 43, was previously an Ohio State assistant coach since 2011. The Buckeyes won 60 games over the past two seasons, including advancing to the Final Four (2012) and regional finals (2013) of the NCAA Tournament.

"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," Malone said in a statement. "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 played professionally for 10 years, including two in the NBA. He was a member of the NBA-champion Houston Rockets in 1994 and the New York Knicks in 1996-97. He has also served as an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers (2003-04) and Orlando Magic (2004-05). He was interim head coach of the Magic for 18 games in 2005.
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