The Milwaukee Bucks have hired former player, Dallas Mavericks head coach and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons. There is no question the Bucks should be excited about the hiring of Cleamons, as he is an intelligent basketball mind that will improve the team tenfold.
Yahoo! Sports columnist Marc Spears reported the signing. It is clear he is thrilled with the move after tweeting the following:
“Bucks have hired former NBA head coach & Phil Jackson assistant Jim Cleamons as an assistant coach, a source told Yahoo! Sports. Great hire.”
Cleamons played for four teams from 1971-1980, including winning a NBA championship with the Lakers in 1972. After he retired from playing basketball, he eventually became the head coach of the Mavericks in 1996-1997. He also served time as an assistant coach for a few teams, most prominently with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles. He even played the role as a head coach for the Lakers at times when Jackson was absent due to various reasons.
Cleamons and Jackson remained close over the past two decades. Cleamons won four titles with the Bulls while coaching with Jackson for seven seasons. He joined Jackson in Los Angeles in 2006, where he contributed to five more NBA championships. This means that Cleamons has won 10 titles in his career, something that not many people can claim.
Obviously, the fact Milwaukee will have someone of his experience on their staff is incredible. The young players will have the unique opportunity to learn from a top-tier coach who has seen it all.