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08-04-2004, 01:36 PM
Yeah, I know UB and I are the only ones who care about this stuff, but still. :p


Hornets Add Jim Cleamons To Coaching Staff

New Orleans - The New Orleans Hornets announced that they have hired Jim Cleamons as an assistant coach. Cleamons joins Darrell Walker and Kenny Gattison to round out the staff of Head Coach Byron Scott.

"Jim will be an integral part of making our team a championship contender," said Scott. "He has coached the best in the business, from Michael Jordan to Shaquille O'Neal, and has helped them reach the ultimate level of success, so I'm anxious for him to impart that knowledge to our players and help teach them how to get to that level."

Cleamons brings 14 seasons as either a head or assistant coach and six NBA championships with him to the Hornets bench. He began his coaching career in 1989 when he joined former teammate Phil Jackson's staff with the Chicago Bulls (the first year of Jackson's tenure in Chicago) and helped the Bulls reel off three straight NBA championships in 1991, 1992 and 1993. In his seven seasons in Chicago (1989-1996), the Bulls posted a 414-160 (.721) record. Cleamons left the Bulls to become head coach of the Dallas Mavericks following the 1995-96 campaign. He remained in Dallas for one-and-a-half seasons, where he compiled a record of 28-72 (.280) .

Cleamons and Jackson were reunited in 1999-00 in Los Angeles when Jackson was hired as head coach of the Lakers and brought Cleamons with him as an assistant. The Lakers would go on to win the next three straight NBA championships (2000, 2001, 2002) and reach the NBA Finals in 2004. Cleamons spent a total of five seasons (1999-2004) as an assistant with the Lakers, during which time the team posted a 287-123 (.700) record.

Before beginning his coaching career, Cleamons spent nine seasons in the NBA as a player, averaging 8.3 points and 3.9 assists in 652 games. After spending his rookie season with the Lakers (playing alongside NBA legends Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain), he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a future draft pick. Cleamons spent the next five seasons in Cleveland and had his best statistical season in 1975-76 with the Cavs when he averaged 12.2 points, 5.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 82 games. Following the 1976-77 season, Cleamons signed with the New York Knicks as a free agent. He spent two-and-a-half seasons with the Knicks, where he was a teammate of Jackson and played under then Head Coach (and current Hornets Vice President of Basketball Operations) Willis Reed. Cleamons was traded to the Washington Bullets during the 1979-80 season. He finished the season with the Bullets before retiring as a player.

I was already impressed with him getting Walker, but getting Cleamons is an unbelievable coup. Add in the Vern Fleming-esque hire of Gattison (except Kenny's actually got coaching experience), and that's a top-notch bench.

08-04-2004, 01:38 PM
NO's one of the great "if" teams this year.

If Mashburn comes back and is healthy, I think they'll make the playoffs in the WC. If not, it's about 35 wins.

08-04-2004, 02:42 PM
That is a good staff. I like the Pacers staff better though.

08-04-2004, 02:46 PM
I do too, especially since our "secret weapon" who did so many great things with Ron and Jamaal isn't even technically a coach.