James Mitchell Cleamons (born September 13, 1949) is a retired American professional basketball player and current coach.
|Born||September 13, 1949|
Lincolnton, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Linden-McKinley (Columbus, Ohio)|
|College||Ohio State (1968–1971)|
|NBA draft||1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|Position||Shooting guard / Point guard|
|Number||11, 5, 35, 33|
|1971–1972||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1977–1979||New York Knicks|
|1983–1987||Ohio State (assistant)|
|1989–1996||Chicago Bulls (assistant)|
|1999–2004||Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)|
|2004–2006||New Orleans Hornets (assistant)|
|2006–2011||Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)|
|2013–2014||Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)|
|2014–2016||New York Knicks (assistant)|
|2017–present||Yeshiva University of Los Angeles (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As assistant coach:
|Points||5,412 (8.3 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,981 (3.0 rpg)|
|Assists||2,531 (3.9 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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 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.
Cleamons worked as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 to 1996. He 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 of the American Basketball league, a short-lived women's professional basketball league in the mid Nineties. He also served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. For a few games during his tenure with the Lakers, he served as acting head coach while Phil Jackson was absent.
In 2017, Cleamons accepted a coveted position as an assistant coach for the Yeshiva University of Los Angeles (YULA) high school boys basketball team.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Youngstown State (Ohio Valley Conference) (1987–1988)|
|Youngstown State:||2–12 (.143)|
|Youngstown State (Independent) (1988–1989)|
|Youngstown State:||12–44 (.214)|
Postseason invitational champion
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|Dallas||1996–97||82||24||58||.293||5th in Midwest||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
- Chandler is rolling the dice by going to China Archived 2011-11-10 at the Wayback Machine
- "YULA Roster". Cooper Invitational. 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2018.