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Report: Patrick Ewing takes lead assistant role with Bobcats

Jun 11, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

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Patrick Ewing has been waiting a long time for a shot at a head coaching job, but it hasn’t happened yet.

So now he has decided to take the lead assistant job with the Charlotte Bobcats under just hired Steve Clifford, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing has reached agreement to become the associate head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

After eight years as an NBA assistant, Ewing sat out last season from the NBA but wanted back in now. Both the Bobcats and the Kings under new coach Mike Malone tried to hire him.

Ewing now works for long-time rival Michael Jordan. Although, as Woj points out, those two did team up in Space Jam. So they have that bond.

  1. aboogy123456 - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Appreciate Patrick Ewing trying to be a coach the right way and work his way up. Unlike Mark Jackson who just decided one day that he wanted to be a head coach, you can see that Patrick Ewing really loves coaching and I think when he gets his chance he will be a great coach because of it.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      I hope Pat gets his shot, if the Bobcats were any good MJ would hire him, they are friends so having to fire him probably would be tough.
      I don’t think that Mark Jackson did anything wrong he took a job someone thought he was good enough to do and I have to say he coached like a BIG time coach, I thought he was coach of the year too.
      I have to point out too that Jackson knows talent and he was great when he broke things down on TV.

    • sounddawg313 - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Mark Jackson didn’t have to be an assistant worked out pretty well for him

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        it works out well when Mike Malone is your lead assistant coach. Not saying Mark Jackson will be a bad coach but with Malone as your assistant, and a very talented young team that would have improved with or without him, he seems to have been in the perfect place at the perfect time.

  2. money2long - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    it’d be kind of awkward if mintly retired j.kidd got a head gig before him.

    • zblott - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Kidd is smart as hell and played like it. Patrick Ewing was easily the dumbest head of the player reps ever and had no impact on Dwight Howard, the only player he was coaching for years.

      I’d love to hear someone explain why Ewing deserves to be a coach in the NBA. Is it just because he was a star and wants to coach? The fact that this has been the case for years yet no one but his friend who makes the worst decisions will help him out lets you know how little respect he gets from actual decision makers in the league. Everyone knows Ewing can’t coach except Jordan, who also make Charles Oakley an assistant on the Bobcats. What a joke.

      • Kurt Helin - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        Does Ewing’s lack of progress (as you see it) speak to the Ewing or to Howard? Kareem worked with Bynum and couldn’t get through, whose fault is that?

      • badintent - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:24 AM

        After paying his dues for 8 years , he does have the experience to be a head coach. Plus he worked under a pretty smart head coach. Someone named Riley .Yes , he was a bit of a bully as the union head, but that has nothing to do with coaching. His prize student D12, has been the best defensive player of the year and has been in the top 5 rebounding for many years. D12 doesn’t have Ewing sweet jumper but few centers do.Duncan does but who else ? Dirk and Garnett are forwards/centers.

  3. mikeyct - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Judging by the way the Horncats run through head coaches, this is probably more appropriate:

    Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing has reached agreement to become the INTERIM COACH IN WAITING for the Charlotte Bobcats, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

  4. hwatt - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Thibs got his shot in his early 50s. Pat just turned 50, hope he isn’t getting discouraged.

    However Thibs had a huge defensive pedigree to his name before he got the big tap. Not sure what Ewing is known for coaching-wise… so this obvious fact may be holding him back…

  5. asimonetti88 - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Lovin the Space Jam reference

  6. sportsnut101 - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Dam as a knick great u would think Woodson would bring him in to help chandler who sucks n amare who really sucks these days.

    Patrick has post up moves its not only Hakeem the dream.

  7. qpoiu1 - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Yesterday I watched the video of his last game in new york in his career (he was playing for the Magic). The fans in the MSG were fantastic, the standing ovation that Pat received by the end of the game was just remarkable, remembering everyone what a legend this man was.

    I wish him the best in his post-playing career

  8. cantonbound13 - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Fire Woodson, hire Ewing

  9. drex1 - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Lol, just started teaching my neice basketball, as a result she’s watched space jam everyday this last week, been telling her about ewing, sir charles, LJ, muggsy couldnt really tell her much about shawn bradley tho…

  10. coltzfan166 - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Why didn’t the Bobcats just hire him as HC in the first place?

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