Head Athletic Trainer
College: University of Arkansas (B.S.)
Years in NBA: 19
Keith Jones enters his 20th season as an NBA head athletic trainer. Prior to joining the Rockets in 1996, Jones was head athletic trainer of the Los Angeles Clippers for six seasons.
In 2002, Jones was appointed to the dual role of Rockets Vice President of Basketball Operations/Head Athletic Trainer, which includes assisting team executives with player relations and operational matters in addition to managing athletic healthcare responsibilities.
Jones was honored to provide athletic training coverage for the gold medal winning 2008 USA Men's Olympic Basketball Team. Additionally, he was the athletic trainer for U.S. Men’s Basketball Team at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia; the 1999 Tournament of the Americas in Puerto Rico; and the 1998 World Championships in Athens, Greece.
Jones received the prestigious “NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year” award in 2001. A former Western Conference Representative on the NBTA Executive Committee, Jones became the first African-American head athletic trainer in the NBA when he accepted the Clippers’ post in 1990. His start in pro basketball came in 1988 as an assistant athletic trainer with the Orlando Magic.
Prior to joining the NBA ranks, Jones was an athletic trainer for the University of Minnesota football team from 1985-89 and was an athletic training intern for the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1983. He also spent two seasons with the Oklahoma/Arizona Outlaws of the United States Football League.
The native of San Antonio, Texas, is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Keith and his wife Madge reside in Sugarland, Texas, with their daughters, Morgan and Alex, and son, Isaiah.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
College: University of North Florida (B.S., M.P.T.)
Years in NBA: 3
Jason Biles begins his first season with the Rockets after two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies . While at the Grizzlies, Biles was responsible for player rehabilitation. Prior to the Grizzlies, he was on staff and Athletes Performance in Las Vegas, NV.
While in Athletes Performance, Biles was the Performance
Physical Therapy Manager in an elite sport performance training
environment. He worked with over 40 NBA players during their off-season
training program and serviced any rehabilitation and training needs of
the athletes. He was responsible for traveling to the NBA Pre-Draft to
provide performance services for future draftees. He has developed and
implemented performance training programs for a wide range of athletes
including professionals of the NFL, MLB, PGA, and ATP.
Previous to his move to Las Vegas, Biles worked at
Bollettieri Sports Medicine Center at the IMG Academies in Bradenton,
Florida. While in Florida, he was the lead physical therapist and
traveled with professional tennis players, and provided rehabilitation
for athletes training for the NFL combine and NBA off-season training
Biles graduated from the University of North Florida
with a Bachelor of Science in Health where he studied in the accredited
Athletic Training program. He is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and
has experience in several settings including Disney’s Wide World of
Sports, Florida’s Soccer Olympic Development Program, and professional,
collegiate, and high school athletics. He is a Certified Strength and
Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Performance Enhancement Specialist
(PES) certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Biles furthered his education with a Master of Physical
Therapy (MPT) degree from UNF. His various certifications, knowledge and
experience in multiple fields allow him to provide an integrated and
comprehensive approach to the management and treatment of various
injuries and help the athlete return to optimal performance
efficiently. His treatment philosophy emphasizes a proactive approach to
performance physical therapy including manual therapy, corrective
exercise and functional movement training to improve athlete’s
performance and increase their career longevity.
Biles’ interests include music, traveling and playing golf. He is married to Julie and has two daughters, Makenzie and Delaney.