Jim Cleamons Rumors
Hornacek also has to decide whether to retain assistants Jim Cleamons, Rasheed Hazzard, Josh Longstaff and Brian Keefe. His plans for the assistants are unclear, but it’s worth noting that Keefe and Longstaff are respected by many players for their hard work and selfless approach, according to sources familiar with the locker-room dynamic.
Things were so bizarre under Fisher that, according to sources, assistant coach/former point guard Jim Cleamons was told to limit his contacts with rookie Jerian Grant. Rambis has given Cleamons free rein to speak with Grant, and he’s showed progress in recent weeks after stagnancy under Fisher.
New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today additions to the coaching staff, including assistant coaches Jim Cleamons, Rasheed Hazzard and Brian Keefe and assistant coach, player development Joshua Longstaff. Per team policy, terms of the deals will not be disclosed.
While former Jackson assistants Kurt Rambis and Jim Cleamons are well-established candidates, the dark horse is Tyronn Lue, who has been an NBA assistant coach for five seasons, all under Doc Rivers. Rivers would need to grant the Knicks permission to speak with Lue, who was with Rivers in Boston and moved with him to the Clippers.