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Who will be Bobcats next coach? Does Ewing get his shot?

May 1, 2012, 8:14 AM EDT

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The Charlotte Bobcats do not have a lot of talent on their roster. It’s a small market team with an owner who is not spending — not big on coaches or players. They have cap space and a good spot in this year’s lottery, but this is a team as far away from being good as any team has ever been.

So who wants to be their next head coach?

Well, that list grows if they land the top pick in the draft lottery and Anthony Davis is on the way. Still, it’s not a job a coach with options or who wants a big paycheck is going to jump at — you can pretty much strike Phil Jackson off the list now. This is more the like a job for a first timer or a guy looking for a shot at redemption.

Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated speculated a little. One name he had as a potential is Magic assistant Patrick Ewing, who talked about the job with owner Michael Jordan before Paul Silas was hired.

Or might his Error-ness be looking at a worthy up-and-comer, someone like Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, Warriors assistant Michael Malone or Silas’ son, Stephen, who carried a heavy load as an assistant both on his father’s Bobcats staff and with Golden State under Don Nelson?

Former Warriors and Kings coach Eric Musselman could be worthy of another look, too. He was named NBA Development League Coach of the Year last week for leading the Los Angeles D-Fenders to a league-record 38 wins and the Western Conference title in his first season.

Might want to ask Kings fans about Musselman. Stil, I think those names are more likely than Nate McMillan or another name coach.

The other question is how much of a role GM Rich Cho plays in the process. Is this Cho’s hire with a Jordan stamp of approval, or is Jordan driving this process? Based on Jordan’s track record of decisions with this franchise, let’s hope Cho gets a shot here.

  1. isujames - May 1, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    I couldn`t picture Air j hiring P Ewing.

  2. kingbeason52 - May 1, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    I like Rich Cho, hopefully Jordan can just sit back, sign the checks, and let Cho do his thing. Why can’t Jordan just be a talent evaluator? I don’t think Ewing makes sense here though. A former player’s first coaching job should not be for a team that had such a horrible season. With that being said, prove read your articles man; you get paid to do this.

    • jobotjones - May 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      Why not? Jordan has been known to hire people he likes and they have always been close despite playing against each other in the NBA. Don’t forget the were on the dream team together…

    • gpatrick15 - May 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      Jordan shouldn’t even be the talent evaluator (see: Brown, Kwame). He just needs to sit back and sign the checks and let Rich Cho do his job.

  3. lakerluver - May 1, 2012 at 9:11 AM


  4. digitaldonnie - May 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Who cares. Just like picking May, Felton, Morrison, Okafor this team has become the K.C Royals of basketball

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    If you’re going to correct bloggers (not Times or WSJ edited work, mind you), at LEAST be correct YOURSELF.

    I’ll let you figure out your own errors.

  6. raidmagic - May 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    This would be a good spot for Ewing. Low expectations and no fan pressure, a good spot to get his feet wet.

  7. acdc363 - May 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    I mean I’ll coach the bobcats if they want. Can’t be that hard.

  8. gpatrick15 - May 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Even in retirement, Michael Jordan will still ensure that Patrick Ewing doesn’t win a championship!

    • AlohaMrHand - May 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      Maybe he can hire John Starks to teach them how to throw up bricks

  9. trueballs - May 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    This would be a great start for Ewing. He’s been sitting alongside SVG for years and I’m sure he’s learned a lot. Also, there’s something to be said for the coaches that were former stars, IMO. Sometimes great coaches, like George Karl, SVG, Doug Collins, etc., have trouble motivating their players.

  10. kpow55 - May 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Bill Lambier?

    Could fight the players just like Silas, Champ player, Champ coach, deserves better than this but never gonna get it, win for all

  11. tomtravis76 - May 1, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Hire Wes Unseld Jr off the Warriors staff.

  12. zblott - May 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Why do fans continue to think Patrick Ewing deserves a shot at coaching? I’m guessing these are the same people who thought MJ deserved a shot at being a GM/president. He completely embarrassed himself as the president of the Players Association, proving himself to be a completely inept communicator, and you never got the impression he’s done much on the Orlando stuff other than rebound Dwight Howard’s free throws during practice.

    As far as Dwight’s development has gone, more credit has gone to Hakeem for helping him last summer for a few days than to Patrick for being his personal coach for years — that should tell you all you need to know about his “coaching” ability.

  13. Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Pat ain’t a coach.

    And this is a Knick fan saying this.

  14. asublimeday - May 2, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Kurt, you are so blatantly anti-Jordan and especially anti-bulls that you should resign from this site. Really, it’s become your glorified blog.

  15. thacloser86 - May 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I hope they hire Nate McMillan

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