HoopsHype Patrick Ewing rumors


July 9, 2014 Updates

After a masseuse told Rick Brunson to stop requesting her services, the former Chicago Bulls player and coach used the name “Patrick Ewing” to book another appointment, according to the police report obtained Tuesday. A confrontation during that appointment resulted in a series of sex-based criminal charges against Brunson, who is accused of touching the masseuse inappropriately, police said. Chicago Sun-Times

According to the police reports, he booked the April 2 appointment under the name “Patrick Ewing,” a former star with the New York Knicks, and took the woman by surprise when he arrived and removed his clothes. The woman told police she initially protested at giving him a massage but agreed to begin a standard 60-minute session because he had already undressed and used one of her appointment slots. Police say Brunson touched the masseuse, but specifics were not released. The woman’s bra was collected for possible DNA evidence. Chicago Sun-Times

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June 4, 2014 Updates

When the day came for the two giants to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the long, intertwined paths traveled by Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing collided once more. It happened in an intersection on a sunny day in September 2008 as they strolled through Springfield, Mass., to the ceremony. Olajuwon trailed Ewing into the crosswalk; one was always chasing the other, forever trying to close the gap. The man they called Dream was awestruck by what he saw. "We were crossing the street and I was walking behind Patrick, and I saw his physique from the back," Olajuwon said. "And I said, 'How did I ever get my shot over this guy?' That just shows you how super imposing Patrick really is. How did I battle this guy?" CBSSports.com

June 1, 2014 Updates

Patrick Ewing hasn’t talked with Phil Jackson about the Knicks’ head-coaching vacancy yet, but he said Saturday that he’d “love” the opportunity to coach in New York. "I’d love to go back to New York,” Ewing said in an interview with CBS Sports Radio. “My family is still there, I still have a home there. I’m not sure what is going to happen in terms of who they’re going to have to fill that void but if I get a call, I’m ready.” ESPN.com

Phil Jackson might have to be turned down by Derek Fisher and every other player he’s coached before it gets to this point, but if the Knicks’ president calls, Patrick Ewing will be here in a New York minute. “I’d love to go back to New York,” Ewing said Sunday on CBS Sports Radio. “I’m not sure what is going to happen in terms of who they’re going to have fill that void, but if I get a call, I’m ready.” New York Daily News

March 18, 2014 Updates

THE AGENT TO both Patrick Ewing and Michael Jordan isn't saying he believes it. David Falk isn't telling me that on the day of the first-ever NBA draft lottery, in 1985, then-commissioner David Stern really froze the No. 1 envelope -- rigging the drawing to deliver Ewing to a sputtering league's biggest market. "I don't adhere to it," Falk tells me. "I'm not saying it happened." Then comes a pause that seems to drag on forever. "But," he offers, "that theory is plausible." For 92 minutes on a Sunday afternoon, I've listened to the formerly most powerful representative in the game explain the difference between truth and plausibility, between reality and perception. And like many around the league, it turns out, Falk does not think every alleged conspiracy is created equal. He laughs off the notion that Stern strong-armed Jordan into a gambling-addiction-induced retirement in '93. "That's a silly one," Falk says. "Michael called me at home, on a Saturday, and said, 'I'm going to retire.' Did Michael's leaving help the NBA? No!" ESPN.com

February 5, 2014 Updates

Being bigger was better in the NBA for Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing when he dominated the post with dunks and blocks. But he says being bigger could be hurting his chances of landing an NBA head coaching job after years of paying dues. "There probably is a big man perception," Ewing told Yahoo Sports. "They think that all guards are the best thing. It's a guard-oriented league right now, but it is what it is." Yahoo! Sports

Ewing interviewed for head coaching jobs with the Bobcats in 2012 and Detroit Pistons in 2011. At age 51, his playing and coaching experience has still left him a bridesmaid in the NBA head coaching ranks. "A lot of guys don't want to do all the work," Clifford said after shootaround for Tuesday night's game at Golden State. "He's done the opposite. He does everything. Anything anyone else did, he did. He wants to be a good coach. He's paid his dues." Yahoo! Sports

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November 8, 2013 Updates

The Charlotte Bobcats have announced head coach Steve Clifford will need a procedure to have two stents placed in his heart and will not coach Friday night's game against the New York Knicks. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins says in release that Clifford went to the hospital Thursday night because he was suffering from chest pains. Higgins says Clifford is ''resting comfortably'' in the hospital but it's too early to know when he'll return. Patrick Ewing will serve as Charlotte's acting head coach Friday against his former team. Ewing, the Bobcats' associate head coach, says he's ''a little nervous'' about coaching his first game. Ewing says, ''It's ironic that my first chance to be a head coach will be against a team I played with for 15 years.'' Yahoo! Sports

Patrick Ewing has wanted the opportunity to coach a team, but he didn’t want his first time to be this way or against his old team. Ewing could make his NBA head coaching debut Friday night when the Knicks play the Bobcats. Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford went to the hospital Thursday night after not feeling well and is undergoing further tests. Newsday

November 5, 2013 Updates

“I can’t even worry about it anymore. All I can do is just keep working,” said Ewing, an assistant to first-time head coach Steve Clifford in Charlotte. “I have a job and I’m happy. I’ll keep working and see if one day, somebody will give me an opportunity. All it takes is a chance. All it takes is an opportunity and hopefully one day I’ll get my chance.” New York Post

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