The Lakers director of player development Rondre Jackson is no longer part of the team, which a Lakers spokesperson said is “part of the reorganization of the basketball operations department.” The Lakers made those changes shortly after the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. The Lakers also parted ways with Tania Jolly, who was a coordinator of basketball operations.
Jackson’s departure represents the latest wave of changes since Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka took over the front office in February. Since their hiring, Johnson and Pelinka said they would evaluate everyone working with the Lakers’ franchise.
Lakers assistant general manager Glenn Carraro had resigned from his position in early April after working with previous general manager Mitch Kupchak since 2000. Lakers strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco resigned on Tuesday. And the Lakers assistant strength and conditioning coach Sean Light is no longer with the team, which a Lakers spokesperson also attributed to a “part of the reorganization of basketball operations.”
As for Jackson, he had spent the past 10 years with the Lakers and completed his second year as the team’s director of player development. He had assisted Kupchak in day-to-day operations focusing on players’ personal growth and providing resources that develop life skills. Jackson also had served on the NBA’s Steering Committee for player development, and won the Dana Davis Award for best player development work in the NBA for the 2015-16 season.
Before his time with the Lakers, Jackson worked with the Los Angeles Sparks of the NBA in various capacities. That included as the team’s coordinator for the coaching staff (2000), the Sparks’ Assistant General Manager (2001, 2002). Jackson also helped with local team try-outs, regional and local scouting, player development, community relations appearances and team operations assistance.
Jackson, who grew up in Oakland, also was an assistant coach for the women’s basketball teams at Cal State Fullerton (1996-97) and Loyola Marymount (1997-2000).