HoopsHype Patrick Ewing rumors

July 9, 2013 Updates

As a player Patrick Ewing never envisioned himself as an NBA head coach. Now he can't wait to become one. The Hall of Famer who played 17 seasons in the NBA and has spent nine more as an assistant coach said he's not angry about being passed over again for a head coaching job. The 50-year-old Ewing said it's only going to drive him to work harder to reach that ultimate goal. "Every now and again I'm discouraged, but I look at it like, 'Hey, I'm going to keep on working,' " Ewing told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "Right now, I'm blessed to have the opportunity to be coaching in the league. Every experience is a learning experience." ESPN.com

Clifford has no doubts Ewing will get a shot at being an NBA coach. "He has all of the qualities that would make for a great coach," Clifford said. "He has a passion for the game, great knowledge and tremendous work ethic. And he has a definitive philosophy on how to play the game." For now, Ewing shrugs it off. His focus is on doing the best he can to help Jordan's struggling Bobcats turn things around. "I hope I get a chance" to be an NBA head coach, Ewing said. "I've been doing this for a lot of years now, but right now it is what it is. So I'll keep working." ESPN.com

Some West Virginia basketball fans learned as much when they constantly badgered Ewing, Jr., while he played for Georgetown. “The whole pregame they were heckling me and heckling me. I blocked a shot to win that game,’’ said the 6-8 Ewing, on the Charlotte Bobcats’ summer-league roster. “My favorite part of the game was me waving at the guys who heckled at me, ‘Goodbye!’’ as I’m running off the court.’’ It was hard growing up with that name, particularly when he made basketball his sport, too. But he’s better for the experience. “I had to live up to an expectation, something unrealistic, but something for me to stride for,’’ said Patrick, Jr., who played for Indiana before transferring to his father’s alma mater. “It wasn’t easy, but it made me push myself harder than I would have.’’ Raleigh News & Observer

This isn’t the first time they’ve been in this situation: Ewing, Jr., played for the Orlando Magic summer team in 2010 when his father coached there, too. “I curse him when he needs it and pat him on the back when he needs it, same as any player,’’ said Patrick, Sr. “But the emotion is always going to be there. You want the best for him.’’ Patrick, Jr., was a second-round pick of the Sacramento Kings in the 2008 draft. He’s bounced around the Development League and European basketball, looking to get back to the NBA. His longest NBA experience was in the winter and spring of the 2010-11 season, filling in for the injured David West as a New Orleans Hornet. Raleigh News & Observer

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Fourteen years after his first ring came with the likes of David Robinson on his side and Patrick Ewing on the other, Duncan could use another 30-point, 17-rebound outing like he had in Game 6 to help seal this deal. But Russell, who told Duncan five years ago that the Spurs star was the player who most reminded him of himself, will see him as a once-in-a-generation player even if he doesn't. "Playing with Tim Duncan creates great opportunities," said Russell ,who sat down with USA TODAY Sports after an appearance on NBA TV before Game 6. "Certain things happen, and it frees certain players. USA Today Sports

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“I’m disappointed,’’ Ewing said on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show of not getting a head-coaching opportunity yet. “Naturally everybody who does this thing, the goal is to be a head coach. I felt I’ve paid my dues, worked hard, studied hard with the goal of trying to become a head coach. “I’m disappointed it hasn’t happened yet. All I can do is keep on working and keep on hoping someone one day will have faith in me like the way they have faith in Jason that they can get the job done. In terms of Jason, I’m very happy for him. They believe he can get it done and [I]wish him luck.’’ New York Post

“My relationship with the Knicks is fine,’’ Ewing said. “Mr. Dolan has been very good to me. He gave me a great opportunity to do some TV. I cherish the opportunity maybe one day in near future, I’ll be back in the organization. I have no problem with the Knicks. I have no problem with the Dolans and it’s fair to say they have no problems with myself.’’ Ewing said he has no interest in being a D-League coach. “I wasn’t offended,’’ Ewing said. “I didn’t want to be a coach in the developmental league. I wanted to be a coach in the NBA.”The opportunity wasn’t in my best interest.’ New York Post

June 14, 2013 Updates

Patrick Ewing, a North Carolina Tar Heel? Hard to imagine, we know. But when you hear the Georgetown legend's reasoning for not picking the Tar Heels, it would be hard to knock him for not teaming up with Michael Jordan under head coach Dean Smith. Ewing appeared on "The Dan Patrick Show" and explained why he didn't head to Chapel Hill. "You know, I was close [to attending UNC]. I was close. North Carolina was a very good school but, you know, when I went down there they put me in that Carolina Inn and there was a big Ku Klux Klan rally in North Carolina when I was there," Ewing said. "And I'm like, 'You know what? I'm not coming down here. I'm staying my butt back in Boston.'" New York Daily News

June 11, 2013 Updates

Ewing will join the coaching staff of new Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford. Ewing and Clifford have a strong professional and personal history together. Sacramento Kings coach Mike Malone also tried to hire Ewing for his coaching staff. Yahoo! Sports

June 4, 2013 Updates

The Charlotte Bobcats are bringing in Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing for an interview on Wednesday for their lead assistant position, someone close to the situation informed CSNNW.com. According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, says “It's Ewing's job for the taking.” CSNNW.com

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 CSNNW.com. “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.” CSNNW.com

May 29, 2013 Updates

Patrick Ewing has emerged as a candidate to join former Knicks assistant coach Steve Clifford with Charlotte. Clifford agreed to become Bobcats head coach on Monday, and his relationship with Ewing dates back to the late ’90s when Clifford joined Jeff Van Gundy’s staff. Clifford and Ewing eventually worked together as assistants in both Houston and Orlando before Clifford was hired by the Lakers last summer. New York Daily News

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With a trifecta of coaches around 70 years old rumored as potential candidates, including Phil Jackson, Larry Brown and Jerry Sloan, why wouldn’t the most accomplished basketball player in the New York area over the last 30 years be considered? Mike Greenberg of ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike asked Ewing that question Friday morning when he appeared on the show to talk about the 2013 NBA Playoffs. “Your guess is as good as mine,” Ewing candidly responded. He continued. “You know what? I’m putting in the work. I’ve been an assistant coach for nine, 10 years. I’m trying to learn my craft, become better at it. I really don’t know. All I can do is just continue to work, continue to knock on doors. Hopefully that one team will decide to give me an opportunity and give me the opportunity to be successful or to fail.” SNY Nets

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