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Patrick Ewing to interview with Bobcats for lead assistant

Jun 4, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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Immediately after the Bobcats hired Steve Clifford, Patrick Ewing emerged as his likely lead assistant. Clifford and Ewing coach together with the Magic and Rockets, and Ewing is rising in the coaching ranks.

Ewing will interview tomorrow for the position, according to Chris Haynes of Comcast Sports Net Northwest. Haynes:

When reached by phone, Ewing confirmed he was meeting with head coach Steve Clifford in Charlotte.

“Charlotte is a great city and I’m open-minded,” Ewing told “I have worked with Steve for many years in Houston and Orlando and I consider him to be a friend. We’ll see what they are looking for and see if it’ll be a good fit.”

It sounds like this interview is a formality or the Bobcats’ chance to impress Ewing more than Ewing’s chance to impress them.

Ewing wants to be a head coach, and he’s put in the work to get there. However, he’s been pigeonholed as a big-man assistant for Dwight Howard and Yao Ming. Becoming a lead assistant in Charlotte would help prove Ewing is capable of running a full team, not just the centers.

  1. zblott - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    This is how bad teams stay bad.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:58 AM

      you are a joker.

      MJ knows Ewing isn’t getting any serious inquiries
      and is going to help his friend any way he can, one
      day Ewing will get the HC job and he will do a good job.

      • zblott - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        Yeah, because he’s done such a masterful job as an assistant up to this point (remember when his only role with Orlando was working with Dwight for years, yet he still sought out Hakeem?) and he always comes off as smart enough to coach a team. The guy is in idiot — once great player — but not smart at all.

        I’m guessing you think Charles Oakley should also get a shot at a HC job – Charlotte added him to their mix just a few years ago, must have seen something in him as well.

  2. knewton0583 - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    How is this how bad teams stay bad? Ewing has been a part of being on winning teams his entire basketball life. That is how a bad team becomes competitive and a winning team.

  3. kydkrunk - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    just assemble the cast of space jam jordan. (you might need the aliens tho bro)

  4. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Patrick Ewing and Brian Shaw are two assistants who have been getting the short end of the HC stick for a couple years now.. they both have put in the work and should start getting rewarded for it very soon

  5. bucrightoff - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    “We make a lot of money, but we spend a lot of money too” is still one of the best quotes ever.

  6. spideysdog - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    charlotte has an nba team? who knew?

  7. ryanrockzzz - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Maybe he can play for the Bobcats…..would be an upgrade.

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