The New York Knicks have hired the last missing piece in their triangle-offense-oriented coaching staff. Jim Cleamons joins the organization after leaving the Milwaukee Bucks, which recently hired Jason Kidd as the head of their coaching staff. There have been talks speculating the possibility of Cleamons joining the Knicks, but this has only materialized yesterday.
Cleamons has the championship experience from assisting Phil Jackson in coaching the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers during his tenure as head master of those franchises. He has the trust of his former player Derek Fisher who now is the Knicks head coach, but most importantly he knows the ins and outs of the triangle offense unlike anyone else in the league. I think the Knicks benefit a lot from this move.
Along with his former colleague Kurt Rambis, who also was part of the Lakers dynasty of the early 2000s, Cleamons will be responsible for promoting everything about the triangle offense — player movement, ball movement and shot accuracy. Being able to teach young players a new system and convincing the veterans to buy into this system will be his biggest challenge. It’s going to be hard changing Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith‘s isolation type of plays, but if Jackson wants him to try, I’m sure he will do his best.
One other thing that might be relevant for Knicks fans is the fact that Clemons was once a New York Knick himself, playing combo guard for the franchise between 1977 and 1979. His name is not on the rafters at the Garden, but it’s a plus when it comes to New York identity, something fans really appreciate.
Cleamons has proven himself an efficient assistant coach, and if he has Jackson’s trust, who am I to say otherwise? He will be part of this new generation of Knicks coaches that will try and transform a broken franchise into a championship contender once again. Here’s hoping he succeeds.