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Keith Jones will be entering his 23rd season in professional basketball and his 16th as athletic trainer with the Houston Rockets. Jones, who was promoted to Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations/Head Athletic Trainer on Sept. 5, 2007, oversees player relations and basketball operations for the Rockets, including all team travel arrangements, the equipment staff, strength and conditioning, as well as treatment and rehabilitation of the players.
Jones became the fourth athletic trainer in franchise history when he joined the Rockets on July 23, 1996. His peers voted him the NBA Trainer of the Year in 2001. During the summer of 2002, Jones was elevated to the title of Vice President of Basketball Operations/Athletic Trainer after three seasons of holding player liaison responsibilities.
During the 2008 Summer Olympics, Jones served as a team athletic trainer for the 2008 U.S. Menís Olympic Team (8-0) that captured the gold medal in Beijing, China. It marked the seventh time Jones has performed these duties for a U.S. National Team. He has also served in the same capacity for USA Basketball at the 1998 World Championship of Basketball in Greece, during the 1999 Tournament of the Americas in Puerto Rico, with the gold-medal-winning Senior National Team during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, at the FIBA Americas World Championship Qualifier 2005 in the Dominican Republic, during the 2006 World Championship in Japan and with the gold-medal-winning USA Menís Senior National Team (10-0) during the FIBA Americas Championship 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Prior to joining the Rockets, Jones spent six seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers. When hired by the Clippers in June 1990, he became the first African-American, as well as the youngest trainer in the NBA at age 28. Jones got his start in the NBA in 1988 as the assistant trainer for the Orlando Magic, joining the Clippers the following season when their head trainer position opened.
Jones began his career in athletic training at the University of Arkansas, working as a student trainer for Lou Holtzís football and Eddie Suttonís basketball teams for four years. He interned with the Philadelphia Eagles as an athletic trainer during his college summers and worked as their full-time assistant trainer during the 1983 season. Upon leaving Philadelphia, Jones spent two seasons with the Oklahoma/Arizona Outlaws of the USFL. He eventually rejoined Holtz at the University of Minnesota as the football trainer in 1987 before moving to the NBA.
He and his wife, Madge, reside in Sugar Land. The couple has two daughters, Morgan and Alex, and a son, Isaiah.