HoopsHype Jim Cleamons rumors


November 11, 2012 Updates

Jackson, according to a source who knows him well, is in good shape after having a knee replacement last March. The likelihood is that if Jackson returns to coach, he'd want to bring back many of his longtime assistants, including Jim Cleamons, Frank Hamblen and Kurt Rambis. Most observers around the league think it would be easy for the team's current personnel that weren't in Los Angeles when Jackson last coached the Lakers to pick up the triangle offense Jackson has used since his days in Chicago in the 1990s. The offense would be especially good for Howard, who could thrive in the low post the same way Shaquille O'Neal did when the Lakers won three straight titles from 2001 through 2003. NBA.com

November 10, 2012 Updates
April 7, 2012 Updates

Within a one-year span, Jim Cleamons went from serving as an assistant to the NBA's most accomplished coach in Phil Jackson to suddenly looking for work. He spent this summer coaching Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), but he doesn't plan on returning. "One of the reasons the Chinese job was intriguing to me is the season is over with and I have this opportunity to look, secure and interview maybe at the collegiate level," said Cleamons, who coached former New York Knicks forward Wilson Chandler. "I'm still hopeful and optimistic that may happen." Los Angeles Times

February 22, 2012 Updates
November 1, 2011 Updates

That skepticism appears to be based on the failure of coaches other than Jackson to implement his offense of intricate team play. Jackson's assistants -- Jim Cleamons (with the Mavericks from 1996-98) and Kurt Rambis (with the Timberwolves from 2009-11) -- tried and failed to install it elsewhere. "I interviewed Brian four years ago and we talked about that," Bird said. "He said, 'I like the triangle, it's great, but you've got to have the right players to run it. I would use part of it, but it's according to the talent that we have. You've got to have the right guys.' " SI.com

July 4, 2011 Updates

Former Los Angeles Lakers' assistant coach Jim Cleamons had been hired by the Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association league (CBA) on Sunday, local reports said. Guangsha's general manager Ye Xiangyu told media that Cleamons had arrived in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, on Saturday. "There were several offers from teams of the National Basketball Association (NBA), but Mr. Cleamons finally chose the Guangsha," Ye said. Xinhua

May 27, 2011 Updates

Jim Cleamons is withdrawing his name from contention to coach the Puerto Rico National team, agent Giovanni Funiciello told HoopsHype.com. “Cleamons is pursuing other opportunities that basically would have made it a conflict of interest. He wishes the federation best of luck in their search for a coach.” HoopsHype

May 17, 2011 Updates

Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons said he has been contacted by Puerto Rico officials about becoming the national team coach. Cleamons said he is scheduled to meet with the officials this week to talk about leading the team at the FIBA Americas Championship. "They said they had some interest," Cleamons said. "I have some interest. It's something I would do, especially if there is a lockout." Los Angeles Times

May 15, 2011 Updates

Puerto Rico basketball officials will meet with Los Angeles Lakers assistant Jim Cleamons this week and discuss the possibility of the veteran leading the national team at the FIBA Americas Championship. The 61-year-old Cleamons, a former NBA player, served as a head coach for the Dallas Mavericks in 1996-97 but is best known as a trusted aide to Phil Jackson with both the Chicago Bulls and most recently, the Lakers. FIBA.com

July 10, 2010 Updates

Kupchak said the Lakers are negotiating one-year deals for assistant coaches Frank Hamblen, Brian Shaw and Jim Cleamons that the GM hopes will get done in about a week. Kupchak said the Lakers first want to get Coach Phil Jackson's deal signed. "That should be done soon," Kupchak said. "We've had discussions [with our assistants]. I don't see any problems." Los Angeles Times

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