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Former Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons hired by Milwaukee Bucks

Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times / September 4, 2008)

Longtime Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons was officially hired on Wednesday by the Milwaukee Bucks to join head coach Larry Drew‘s assistant coach staff, according to Eric Picnus of the LA Times.

 The move was announced by Bucks general manager John Hammond along with the addition of Scott Williams and Josh Oppenheimer as assistant coaches that will be joining former Lakers point guard Nick Van Exel and Bob Bender under Drew for the 2013-14 season.

“I’m excited to be able to assemble this strong coaching staff in Milwaukee,” Drew said in a statement to the Associated Press. “Jim, Scott and Josh all bring their unique experiences to the Bucks bench as well as diverse coaching skills.”

Cleamons has a long rich history with the Lakers franchise as he served as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson winning five championships and as a player helping the organization obtain the 1971-72 championship.

For the Bucks, it will be Drew’s first season as head coach after his contract expired this offseason, which effectively ending his three-year tenure with the Atlanta Hawks.

Milwaukee roster has also undergone change losing its two backcourt starters in point guard Brandon Jennings to the Detroit Pistons via a sign-and-trade and shooting guard Monta Ellis to the Dallas Mavericks through free agency on a three-year deal,worth $25 million.

Responding to the moves, the Bucks signed shooting guard O.J. Mayo to a three-year, $24 million contract, acquired point guard Brandon Knight through the Jennings’ trade, signed center Larry Sanders to a four-year extension worth up to $48 million, and traded for two-time All-Star small forward Caron Butler.

Photo Credit: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times

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