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May 22, 2013
Bobby Jackson waits to see direction of new ownership

Bobby Jackson is playing the waiting game like every other Kings employee.

One of the most popular Kings during his playing days, Jackson has been an assistant coach for the last two seasons. He's waiting for the sale of control of the Kings from the Maloofs to the group led by Vivek Ranadive to know his future.

"You can't talk to anybody until the sale goes through and everything is final," Jackson said. "So at the end of the day you're still waiting and that's not going to get done until maybe June. So at the end of the day you're still waiting on something to get done."

Head coach Keith Smart's contract runs through next season. That doesn't guarantee that he will remain the head coach, but that's more security than the rest of the coaching staff and front office has at this point.

"I don't have a contract (for next season)," Jackson said. "None of the coaches have a contract except Keith so it's a process you've got to go through. Hopefully we do come back but if not you've got to start making calls."

Jackson will be at Thursday's "Long Live the Kings" rally from 5-9 p.m., at Cesar Chavez Park.

Considering how long the saga of where the Kings would be played out, Jackson said he was "ecstatic" over the news the Kings would not be moving to Seattle.

"This thing has been going on for a long time," Jackson said. "And to be a part of the good years and now, you always want this city to thrive. I was extremely happy."

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