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Add Patrick Ewing to list of interviewees for Bobcats job

May 8, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

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The Bobcats are apparently talking to all the top assistants at the front of the line for a head-coaching job. First Mike Malone of Golden State, then soon Brian Shaw of Indiana (when his team’s playoff run ends)…

And now add Patrick Ewing of the Orlando Magic. So reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

The Bobcats are working to set up a meeting with Ewing once the Magic are finished in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Ewing is a close friend of Charlotte owner Michael Jordan, and several sources believe the Hall of Fame center will turn out to be a serious candidate for the opening. Charlotte will make pitches to Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan, but will likely hire its next coach from a pool of candidates like Ewing who have been less in demand for head-coaching jobs.

The Magic should be finished and they can talk to Ewing very soon.

Clearly the Bobcats are focused on a first time head coach — one happy to have the job and who will not complain about the talent on the roster or how long it will take to turn things around. Or how much money the team is willing to spend. Or pay him. Or about anything else on the long list of issues with the Bobcats.

We will see if that first time coach is the former Knicks center. Ewing will get a shot as the top spot someday, somewhere. He would take the Bobcats job right now, if for no other reason than to get away from the soap opera in Orlando. One way or another his day will come.

  1. knightrider1755 - May 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Patrick Ewing deserves a shot. I hope it gets it. Especially since the Knicks have shown no interest in bringing Patrick into their organization.

  2. zblott - May 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Ewing deserves a shot at coaching as much as Jordan deserved a shot at running a franchise. If anyone paid any attention at all to the time when Ewing was the president of the players union, then you already know this is not a man meant to be doing a lot of thinking and communicating.

    Keep in mind Olajuwon has gotten more credit for Dwight Howard’s development than Ewing, and that was for one weekend working with the Orlando centered compared to Ewing being Howard’s personal assistant coach (he has no other duties for the Magic) for the past 5 seasons; that should tell you everything you need to know about Ewing’s coaching abilities.

  3. mungman69 - May 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    If Ewing takes that job he must be nuts. Other opportunities will come along.

  4. raidmagic - May 8, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    That’s a good spot for him. Low expectations, crappy roster. Great place to learn the ropes of being a head guy without all of the losing being blamed on you. He can then parlay that into a better gig. One thing is for sure. It can’t get any worse than now so he can be credited with turning them around when they win 20 games next year.

  5. davidcl77 - May 8, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    He’s a hog. Doesn’t look like someone who is gonna work hard to produce a winner. Jordan sure doesn’t.

  6. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - May 9, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    @davidthehogpetter. i guess you’re one of those dudes who looks at the pictures and pretends to have read an article. the jerk store called…they’re running out of you.

  7. cantonbound13 - May 9, 2012 at 6:08 AM

    Patrick deserves a shot. I would have liked to see the Knicks hire him as an assistant years ago. He is great at developing big men. Unfortunately, Dolan brought in the huge failure that is Isiah Thomas. Good Luck Patrick! New York fans still love you & wish you the best!

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