There has been some chatter for quite some time who Milwaukee Bucks head coach Larry Drew’s five assistant coaches will be. However, it is now official that Jim Cleamons, Scott Williams, Josh Oppenheimer, Bob Bender and Nick Van Exel will man the bench next to Drew during the 2013-14 NBA season.
“I’m excited to be able to assemble this strong coaching staff in Milwaukee,” Drew said, according to USA Today Sports. “Jim, Scott and Josh all bring their unique experiences to the Bucks bench as well as diverse coaching skills.”
Bender and Van Exel have been a part of the team since the beginning of summer and even worked with the Bucks’ Summer League team. Meanwhile, it has been known that Cleamons, who could be regarded as the most important assistant on the squad, would join Milwaukee since the middle of August. Williams is a former Bucks center who has experience coaching in the NBA D-League, while Oppenheimer is in player development where he has been involved with basketball for over 35 years.
The reason why Cleamons is considered to be the most important assistant of the five is because of the coaching experience he brings to the team. Cleamons served as an assistant for the Chicago Bulls under Phil Jackson in the 1990s. During that time, he won four championships while coaching some of the best players in the league. His experience of being on a dominant team led him to a head coaching job with the Dallas Mavericks. Unfortunately, it only lasted one season.
Cleamons eventually joined forces with Jackson again, this time with the Los Angeles Lakers. He won five more NBA championships, which brought the staggering total to 10 in his career, including his one ring as a player with the Lakers in 1972. There is no question having someone with championship experience will do wonders for the young players.
Fans should be thrilled with the valuable men who will be coaching the talented players this season. Drew definitely made the correct decisions in his hiring process, which should lead to success on the court.