Former Sonics center Jack Sikma rejoined the franchise as a special assignments coach prior to the 2003-04 season. He was promoted to assistant coach following the year. The seven-time NBA All-Star supports the Sonics coaching staff in scouting, working out players and assisting the teamís centers.
Sikma, a 6-11 product of Illinois Wesleyan University, was selected by the Sonics with the eighth pick overall in the 1977 NBA draft. He played in all 82 games per season for six years and missed only 23 games during his nine years as a Sonics player.
Sikma became only the third Sonics player to grab 1,000 rebounds in a season and used his tenacity on the boards to help carry the team into the playoffs in his second season. He saved his best for the 1979 NBA Finals against Washington when he grabbed 17 rebounds per contest in Games Three, Four and Five and helped the Sonics capture the league title.
When Sikma was traded to Milwaukee in 1986, he left the Sonics having registered more rebounds (7,729), blocked shots (705) and free-throws made (3,044) than any player in team history. He still holds the top spot on the rebounding and free-throws-made lists, and ranks second in blocked shots, third in points (12,034) and fourth in games played (715).
Sikma retired after the 1990-91 season and returned to the Seattle area. His jersey was hoisted to the rafters of the former Seattle Coliseum during a halftime ceremony of the Sonics-Pistons game on Nov. 21, 1992.
Born November 14, 1955 Jack is married to Shawn. The couple has three sons, Jacob, Lucas and Nathan.