April 11, 2018, 5:10 pm
In his 33-year career with the Sacramento Kings, Jerry Reynolds has done just about everything but play on the hardwood for the organization.
Now, after 20 years of calling games as a color commentator, Reynolds is stepping down from the full-time role. Reynolds said he’ll transition into another role while on the Kings Insider Podcast as he announced his departure.
Reynolds, 74, has been a staple with the Kings during their time in Sacramento. Besides being on color commentary, he’s been general manager, head coach, interim head coach, assistant head coach and director of player personnel; he also was general manager of the Sacramento Monarchs for a time.
Reynolds turned down multiple offers from the Kings to stay on and says health concerns, along with his age, played a large part in his decision.
“This is strictly my decision,” Reynolds told NBC Sports’ James Ham. “They’ve given me the opportunity to change my mind a couple of times, but I know it’s the right thing. Father Time wins every battle.”
For Kings fans, it’s the end of a chapter that many hoped would never come. For players and those in the business who worked closely with Reynolds, it’s just as hard to accept.
Special night ahead. Working alongside Jerry…can’t really put into words other than I’ve been truly blessed! Jerry is the Sacramento Kings! Jerry will always be the Sacramento Kings! #SacramentoProud
— Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) April 11, 2018
The Kings will reportedly honor Reynolds with a tribute video at tonight’s game. And for the future, Doug Christie is expected to fill the huge void that’s being left by the second-most famous person from French Lick.
This is a humbling honor beyond compare!!! Jerry nothing but love and appreciation.. I truly thank you for your graciousness and all the help and knowledge you’ve given me! #Respect?? #GoKings https://t.co/K7z9dTFZcy
— Douglas Christie (@TheDougChristie) April 11, 2018
Though Jerry may not be calling Kings games 82 times a year, the Jerry-isms will forever remain.
Hippity hop, Jerry, hippity hop.