Jim Cleamons added to Hornets staff
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – The New Orleans Hornets announced
Wednesday that they have hired Jim Cleamons as an assistant coach.
Cleamons brings 14 years of experience as both a head and assistant coach
with him to the bench, as well as six NBA titles. He began his coaching career
in 1989 on former teammate Phil Jackson’s staff with the Chicago Bulls (the
first year of Jackson’s tenure in Chicago). Cleamons helped the Bulls win
three straight NBA championships in 1991, 1992 and 1993.
In seven seasons in Chicago (1989-1996), the Bulls posted a 414-160 (.721)
record. Cleamons then left the Bulls to become head coach of the Dallas
Mavericks following the 1995-96 campaign. He remained in Dallas for 1 1/2
seasons, compiling a record of 28-72 (.280).
Cleamons re-united with Jackson in the 1999-2000 season when Jackson was hired
as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and brought his
trusted friend out west. Los Angeles went on to capture the next three NBA
titles (2000, 2001, 2002) and appeared in 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) mark.
“Jim will be an integral part of making our team a championship contender,”
said new Hornets head coach Byron 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 joins Darrell Walker and Kenny Gattison to round out Scott’s staff.