Citizen Fall

Julian Jones’ Job Is Better Than Yours and Mine

Posted in Celebrity, sports by ryedog on February 15, 2009

Mark Mainz PhotoFor a significant amount of coin, he’s cleansed Barry Bonds’ duck butter. For kicks, he might happily engage Shaquille O’Neal in a game of naked twister behind close doors.

Most recently, Julian Jones found time in his busy schedule to welcome in the new year with Michael Phelps.

On the outside, the 27-year-old California native looks like that gawky, disproportionate guard on your high school basketball team who couldn’t crack the two-deep at a NAIA bottom-feeder. Under the surface, however, seems to be a volatile work ethic that has exceedingly justified his being at the right place at the right time.

Seven years ago, the self-appointed “King of the Party” met Gavin Maloof, one half of the Sacramento Kings partnership and co-owner of the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. It was an awkward match made in heaven.

Jones soon ditched his day job at a home loan office, at the behest of Maloof, who offered the extroverted youngster a position as a personal assistant.

Over time, Jones’ occupational responsibilities and wildest dreams have become blurred as the trust between he and the Maloofs has grown exponentially. Now, having learned the ins and outs from such superstars as Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, and Terrell Owens, Jones uses forward thinking—and Chinese military tactics—to escort and entertain some of the sports world’s most notable citizens.

Meanwhile, I’ll continue to let my college diploma serve as a collection plate for dust and breeding ground for moths.

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