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Report: Patrick Ewing out of Bobcats coaching search

May 30, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

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Usually, being friends with the head of the company is the best way to get a job.

But it was just the opposite for Patrick Ewing. The legendary Knicks player and now long-time assistant coach is near the top of the list of guys who should get a seat in the big chair soon (along with Brian Shaw, Mike Malone, Mike Budenholzer and a few others).

And Ewing is friends with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan. So… nope, he’s out, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

After an interview with Charlotte management, owner Michael Jordan personally reached out to Patrick Ewing to tell him he’s been eliminated as a candidate to coach the Bobcats, a league source told Yahoo! Sports….

Ewing, an assistant coach for the past five seasons in Orlando, is a close friend of Jordan’s, and that may have actually worked against the Hall of Fame center in the hiring process. Jordan has been subject to biting criticism for hiring too many cronies and “yes” men through the years, and merely inviting Ewing for the interview started to inspire those kind of shots at Jordan again.

It’s unfortunate. Those criticisms of Jordan are valid, but he has started to reform (see GM Rich Cho) and hiring Ewing would certainly have been a legitmate hire.

Ewing deserves a shot soon. And frankly, wherever he lands might well be a better situation than Charlotte (unless they win the draft lottery and the rights to Anthony Davis, then all bets are off).

  1. lakerluver - May 30, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Thank your lucky stars, Pat!! MJ is a terrible owner. He had better hope the NBA rigs the draft and ensures that they get A. Davis.

  2. Fred - May 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Why, exactly, does Ewing deserve a shot? If what many front office people say is true — that coaching is more about managing people than anything else — what makes anyone think Ewing will excel at this? He was a great, hard working player, and I’m a Knick fan, so this is not meant with any bitterness toward Ewing, but he’s been a surly dude for the entirety of his 30 years on the national scene. Stories are constantly emerging about his rudeness to fans, reluctance to accept coaching that took him out of his comfort zone, and let’s not forget his big, selfish pout that drove the Knicks to make the first of a decade’s worth of cap crippling transactions so they could accommodate his wish to get out of New York. Why do we think any franchise should hire that guy as its head coach?

    • loungefly74 - May 30, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      you have a point Fred but I gonna guess he must be doing a good job in Orlando the past 5 years…good job at what? who knows but that’s up to the owers to decide…

    • knightrider1755 - May 30, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      Sad to say the Knicks fans were even ruder to Ewing during his tenure in NY. He was constantly booed whenever he took the floor and blasted if he dared miss a shot. If he was ever rude to the fans it was in response to how he was treated here. As a native NYer, I remember that period all to well. As rambunctious and obscene as Knicks fans can be, it was never my thing to approve of such ill-behaved conduct. He deserved respect for helping to at least put a perennial losing team back into the spotlight. For that, he was never brought back not even as an assistant coach. Instead the Knicks hired Herb Williams, a company man, who seems to stick like teflon and remains even after head coaches and their staffs have come and gone. I have nothing against Herb, we share the same alma mater, but he is NO Patrick Ewing. A testament of how effective he has been as a defensive coach is proven by the hiring of Woodson. Patrick deserves a shot and I am certain he will get one in spite of how Knicks fans and the Knicks organization feel about it.

  3. mogogo1 - May 30, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    “Ewing deserves a shot soon.”

    I agree Ewing having put in time as an assistant really should count for something since so many former players get head coaching jobs with absolutely no experience. But, in reality, I have no clue whether Ewing can coach or not. Assistants in the NBA run the gamut from being the brains behind the figurehead to being just figureheads themselves. Ewing’s main claim to fame as a coach has been working with Dwight Howard…but Howard’s turned into a basket case over the past couple years. Would things be worse without Ewing or better?

  4. loungefly74 - May 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    would love to see a coaching staff that consisted of Patrick, Dikembe, and Alonzo…LOL…

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - May 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Hopefully Pat gets a shot whenever the inevitable firings occur next year.

  6. kpow55 - May 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Honest question, why is Bill Laimbeer never considered?

    • Gritty Player
    • High B-Ball IQ
    • Champion Player
    • Champion Coach. NBA and WBNA are different animals but it’s still winning on a high level.

    He was a bit of an a-hole/tuff player but so were Oakley, Ewing, etc…. love them on your team, hate them if not.

    A hard nose guy with the history to back what he teaches.

  7. charlutes - May 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    C’mon with these Ewing and Shaq for upper management stories. You don’t need to report it when a guy gets a courtesy interview. we all know these guys aren’t getting hired. its not as cute as the media thinks, its just embarrassing for legends turned wannabe execs.

  8. abchome - May 30, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Jordan is wise to have one less friend-turn-to-enemy.

  9. drewzducks - May 30, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    He’d have been perfect for the NY Knicks so they could continue their reign of 40 years of incompetence.

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