Report: Jim Cleamons to join Knicks’ coaching staff

According to Los Angeles Times reporter Brad Turner, former Knicks guard Jim Cleamons will be joining the team’s coaching staff as an assistant under Derek Fisher.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

After spending the 1977-78 season donning orange and blue alongside (now President) Phil Jackson, the two developed quite a relationship, one that turned long-lasting with Cleamons serving as an assistant on Jackson’s staffs both with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.

As a familiar Jackson confidant, Cleamons’ name (along with the likes of Kurt Rambis, Bill Cartwright, Ron Harper, Rick Fox, etc.) had been tied to Fisher’s forthcoming staff for quite some time now. Despite such speculation, aside from Rambis, the rookie head coach ultimately chose to fill out his staff with some of his own respective Laker and Thunder confidants.

After serving as an assistant under Larry Drew with the Bucks last season, Cleamons was initially expected to remain in Milwaukee. However, the team’s surprising coaching change (bringing in Jason Kidd, while letting go of Drew) subsequently made Cleamons available to return to the Big Apple.




105 comments
Kevin Olenick
Kevin Olenick

jim cleamons? how in what way can this help lift up a team?

Boozer32
Boozer32

Cleamons yuck. The guy traded for Walt Frazier. He sucked so bad for the Knicks I couldn't believe they made that deal. Then Clyde lit him up in his return to the Garden.

that3agoodpoint
that3agoodpoint

Poor Colt McCoy... Gruden and Tirico trying to talk him up and.... Throws a pick 6..

Iobcity1
Iobcity1

I got my full strength back from my vacate. Idk why but I felt like ish after I came back. Didn't even have enough energy to type

Reading the Boheim comments and I see Sandro is happy that he made that statement. I think sandro is a bot created just to hate on Melo and not a real person lol.

@Stillmatic... I wasnt cuffed, I was with my boys lol...I will keep the details to myself though, lol. The wedding was cool. My only issue was I wanted to leave early from the wedding but I ended up staying and left the next morning which turned out fine.

jax13
jax13

You guys think if Phil never came n fish never became coach,

Let's say the knicks hired mark jax as coach n kept mills as gm n Houston as assistant gm......

......does Melo still stay?

greekfreak
greekfreak

Anybody who plays for the Browns, Gruden is trying to talk up.. His bro is the new head coach

greekfreak
greekfreak

@Lobcity1. You should change your name... Lobcity is the Clippers, not the Knicks.. LOL

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

Dwight Howard Ran away from Kobe, and not even $30 Million could make him stay. That is very different. Dwight's motivation was getting away from Kobe

greekfreak
greekfreak

@KingTkb. They won't have G*Y for an entire season... I guess that's how they view it ;)

greekfreak
greekfreak

@KingTkb. No, but they will be playing without G*Y for the entire season ;)

jax13
jax13

Yep I agree 100% also throw in dantoni was still coach.

If Kobe would have guaranteed retiring in 2 years he may have stayed too.

jax13
jax13

Agreed, Phil stabilized the organization n made a few moves but essentially, the knicks sold melo on us being competitive in 2014 then loading up for 2015.

greekfreak
greekfreak

Louis Williams coming off torn ACL or something?

greekfreak
greekfreak

@BiggieTkb. Unreal.. I thought the state troopers took over and told the local

Police to step aside?

greekfreak
greekfreak

Oh, my bad. I knew it was one of them... I don't mind admitting when I'm wrong... Wish others were like that around here ;)... Commentators usually do try and hype people up tho, keeps the viewers watching

greekfreak
greekfreak

@lobcity1. Apparently wherever you were on vacation you didn't get ESPN... Greek freak (2) is coming to Knicks camp. Thanasis is the OLDER brother, not sure how he's the #2? Younger bro's usually get #2 after there name... Besides that, isn't Lobcity is the Clippers, not the Knicks, so practice what you preach

greekfreak
greekfreak

@lobcity1. Apparently wherever you were on vacation, you didn't hear the news... Greek Freak (2) will be in training camp... He's the older brother, so he's the real Greek freak... Since when does the older brother get the #2 after his name, and not the younger brother?? Besides that, SNY only allows 10 letters or #'s... Do the math

greekfreak
greekfreak

@Sandro. Just wondering how you will feel about his salary when the salary cap goes up, which is guaranteed when they sign a new TV deal ?

jax13
jax13

Dwight howard is a moron too....if he did not sign that dumb opt in with Orlando, he would have gotten to go where he truly wanted to be......Brooklyn.

jax13
jax13

Are you saying guys just follow the money ? ;)

chitwood
chitwood

if he really wants to win,he leaves the knicks enough money to sign someone

greekfreak
greekfreak

@Sandro. I also remember you saying you would like to keep Melo, "if he took a paycut"... 7 mill isn't a paycut, I'm guessing?

greekfreak
greekfreak

@Sandro. LOL... A straight answer would be nice once in a while... I guess we will have to wait a year or 2 for that... No doubt bro

greekfreak
greekfreak

Lowry? Coulda went to Miami, when they had LBJ still, but chose Toronto? I guess he didn't follow the money, like any wise man would do... I definitely wouldn't classify Howard as wise

jax13
jax13

Howard is the one exception with the spurs players.

Howard left because of dantoni, Kobe n he wanted to be the man.

He is not mentally strong enough to handle a market like la.

Also no state tax in Texas

greekfreak
greekfreak

@Sandro. Brewer?? He stunk for us, something Woody was all to good at, making players get worse under his watch. We did lose Kidd, Rasheed, Kurt Thomas & Camby... Or as some would call it, veteran leadership!

greekfreak
greekfreak

@Sandro. Fair enough. When we discussed it, figures weren't laid out on the table... But everyone is entitled to their opinion, peace

greekfreak
greekfreak

@Sandro. I give straight answers every time, but your response is typical of yours since I've been on..... Opinions vary, but I'm sure when the salary cap rises, the deal will be fair. Maybe you're hoping for injury by that point so you can say it's a bad deal?

chitwood
chitwood

@ sandro....the Bulls wouldve found out what we already know....Melo aint the guy you want when you really wanna win..This is the first time in his NBAcareer that hes gettin real good shape,and its not to win,its so he can extend his career and get another contract.He gonna be another AI,except without a finals apperence

Iobcity1
Iobcity1

@Sandro Guedes @Iobcity1 lol, bc it's just too obvious. You wear it on your sleeves. I could the see the H@te farther than a Dolphin.

greekfreak
greekfreak

@Sandro. And he will win NADA, guaranteed

greekfreak
greekfreak

@KingTkb. We were talking about the team going from good to bad in one year. He said it was because we lost Brewer n Kidd, I said it was because we lost the others mentioned... I only brought up Woody's part in reference to Brewer going from good to bad, a Woody trademark IMO

greekfreak
greekfreak

@KingTkb. They WERE on the 54 win team. Look it up bro...

chitwood
chitwood

he realizes that hes getting up there in years.if hes not in shape it can all end.Have u ever seen an out of shape 34 year old trying to play in the nba? its not pretty.Real winners are in shape from day 1

jax13
jax13

I am not arguing that melo stayed because of the money, he did.

that3agoodpoint
that3agoodpoint

Bulls biggest obstacle was the need to make a trade to get him.

greekfreak
greekfreak

@KingTkb. Gotcha. I wasn't talking about the end of that year. Someone said Toronto can go from good to bad from one season to the next, just like us... The 18-6 end of season wasn't the base of the convo, to me.... When players see change coming, or change comes, they play better as evidenced at the end of that season and this season

jax13
jax13

Yep n essentially Phil sold him on his vision n being competitive this season n loading up in 2015.....

jax13
jax13

Melo was pretty healthy his whole career. He should have opted in for this year at the one year max and then signed a near max contract in 2015, that would have gotten him the most $$$$$.

Then again, if he got hurt bad then he would lose a lot of money in the long haul.....

jax13
jax13

I think he weighed all but the money was top on his list. I think he understands what his legacy will be after he wins a chip in NYC and he does love ny.

Money, family and being someone who can handle ny played a big role but the money sealed the deal.