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Jim Cleamons
Shooting guard / Point guard
Born September 13, 1949 (1949-09-13) (age 60)
Lincolnton, North Carolina
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
College Ohio State
Draft 13th overall, 1st Round, 1971
Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 1971–1980
Former teams Los Angeles Lakers (1971–1972)
Cleveland Cavaliers (1972–1977)
New York Knicks (1977–1980)

James Mitchell (Jim) Cleamons (born September 13, 1949 in Lincolnton, North Carolina) is a retired American professional basketball player and current assistant coach. He has been an assistant under head coach Phil Jackson with both the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. He played collegiately at The Ohio State University, and was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 13th pick of the 1971 NBA Draft. He had a nine-year NBA career for four different teams (the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New York Knicks, and the Washington Bullets). In 1976, Cleamons was selected to the NBA All-Defense 2nd team.

In addition to his playing career, Cleamons was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks for slightly over one year, from 1996 to 1997. He was then the head coach of the Chicago Condors, and he has served as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. He was hired as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers on July 19, 2006.

For a few games during his tenure with the Lakers, he has served as acting head coach while Phil Jackson was absent.

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Preceded by
Rick Mount
Big Ten Basketball MVP
1971
Succeeded by
Jim Brewer
Preceded by
Dick Motta
Dallas Mavericks head coach
1996–1997
Succeeded by
Don Nelson
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