Source: Knicks hire Jim Cleamons to coaching staff

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons, left,

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons, left, and coach Phil Jackson, right, react to a play during Game 3 of the Lakers' Western Conference semifinal series against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, May 9, 2003, in Los Angeles. Photo Credit: AP / Kevork Djansezian

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The Knicks will add Phil Jackson's longtime assistant coach Jim Cleamons to Derek Fisher's staff, a league source said.

Cleamons played with Jackson on the Knicks in the late 1970s, and was an assistant with him with the Bulls and the Lakers. Cleamons also coached Fisher during his two stints as a Lakers assistant, and will be another voice to help teach the Knicks the triangle offense.

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The Knicks already hired former Lakers coach Kurt Rambis to be their associate head coach.

Cleamons had won 10 championships as a player and coach. He served as Larry Drew's assistant with the Bucks last season. Cleamons spent a little over a season as the Mavericks head coach from 1996-98 and compiled a 28-70 mark.

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