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Report: Jim Cleamons to join Milwaukee Bucks as an assistant

Former Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons reportedly is joining the Milwaukee Bucks' coaching staff.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Former Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons will be an assistant coach for Larry Drew and the Milwaukee Bucks, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Bucks have hired former NBA head coach & Phil Jackson assistant Jim Cleamons as an assistant coach, a source told Yahoo! Sports. Great hire. — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 13, 2013

In addition to being a guard for the Lakers’ 1971-72 championship team, Cleamons served as assistant to Phil Jackson from 1999 to 2004, helping the team to three straight titles.

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Cleamons rejoined the Lakers in 2006, contributing to two additional championship runs, leaving again with Jackson in 2011.

Cleamons also worked on Jackson’s staff for seven seasons with the Chicago Bulls, winning four titles before leaving the team in 1996 to become coach of the Dallas Mavericks.

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With six championships with the Lakers (one as a player) and four with Chicago, Cleamons is one of the few individuals in NBA history who can boast a ring for each finger.

Cleamons recently coached in the Chinese Basketball Assn. with the Zhejiang Guangsha.

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