Report: Former Lakers assistant Jim Cleamons to join Knicks coaching staff

14 Comments

When Phil Jackson took over as president of basketball operations for the Knicks, his plan was to place people on the coaching staff who had a familiarity not only with his personal coaching style and philosophies, but also with the Triangle Offense.

Derek Fisher got the head coaching gig without any prior experience, but has been respected in every locker room he’s been a part of, and played under Jackson with the Lakers for several seasons. Kurt Rambis was named associate head coach, in large part due to the experience he had accumulated as an assistant with Jackson himself.

Now, we can add one more of Phil’s former confidants to this ever-expanding list.

From Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

Former Lakers, Bucks assistant Jim Cleamons to join Knicks coach Derek Fisher’s staff, reunites with NY president Phil Jackson, sources.

Cleamons also worked with Jackson in Chicago, helping the Bulls win titles in 1991-93, and in 1996.

What Cleamons will bring to the Knicks is a vast amount of coaching experience, but more specifically, it’s his intricate working knowledge of the Triangle Offense — and how to implement it — that makes him such a desirable addition.

Grizzlies’ James Ennis fouls out then hits half-court shot (video)

AP Photo/David Zalubowski
Leave a comment

Against the Pacers last night, James Ennis missed all three of his 3-point attempts… that counted. And he makes this one after fouling out?

Mike Conley more than picked up the slack to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham jumps on scorer’s table, Anthony Davis jumps on him (video)

1 Comment

The Pelicans are effectively out of the playoff race, but Dante Cunningham and Anthony Davis are still competing — even if it looks a little silly.

That tone and a big game from DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) led to a 121-118 win over the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic puts alley-oop pass through rim (video)

Leave a comment

Goran Dragic is very good at alley-oops.

Too good.

With a “shot” like that falling, the Heat trounced the Knicks, 105-88.

Hawks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. kneed in the groin while defending 76ers (video)

Leave a comment

Since trading for him, the Hawks have gotten Tim Hardaway Jr. to buy in defensively.

After this help defense on 76ers center Richaun Holmes cost him dearly, I wouldn’t blame Hardaway if he gave up on the endeavor entirely.