Lakers Hire Jim Cleamons as Assistant Coach

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Jim Cleamons as an assistant coach it was announced today by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Cleamons, who previously served as an assistant coach with the Lakers from 1999-2004, re-joins the team after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets. During his prior stint with the Lakers Cleamons helped guide the team to three consecutive NBA Championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002 as well as an NBA Finals appearance in 2004. In his five years with Los Angeles, the Lakers posted a 287-123 (.700) record.

“I am very pleased that Jim is returning to the Lakers coaching staff,” said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. “Having worked with Jim for over twelve years, I know what assets he brings to a team. His knowledge of the game and his ability to communicate with players are qualities which make him such a good coach. He will be a welcome addition to an already outstanding coaching staff and I look forward to working with him again.”

Cleamons began his coaching career in 1989 when he joined Jackson’s staff with the Chicago Bulls. Over the next seven seasons Cleamons helped lead the Bulls to four NBA titles in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996. In his seven years with Chicago, the Bulls compiled a record of 414-160 (.721). In May of 1996, Cleamons left the Bulls and was named head coach of the Dallas Mavericks where he stayed for a year-and-a-half, compiling a record of 28-72 (.280). Before joining the Lakers staff in 1999, Cleamons spent the 1998-99 season as the head coach of the Chicago Condors professional women’s team that played in the now defunct American Basketball League.