HoopsHype Patrick Ewing rumors

August 29, 2012 Updates

The company released more than 20 different shoe models until 1996, when challenges, including the overall sneaker market itself, forced Ewing and his partners to shut down the business. "We did very well for a while, but it got harder," Ewing said. "Lot of kids started replacing basketball shoes with Timberland sneakers and Nike became more of a force." Nike is even bigger today, selling 95 percent of the basketball shoes in this country, according to market retail tracking firm SportsOneSource. That's why Ewing says the key is to start small. "We're not going to mass produce and try to sell as many pairs as we can in the first year," Ewing said. "We know that if we're patient, we'll do well for years to come." ESPN.com

He said that he thought LeBron James and Nike were recently unfairly criticized for a shoe that could have a $300 price tag. "There are $500 Louis Vuitton sneakers," Ewing said. "You can say it's too high or too low, but if people can afford it, there's a market for it." ESPN.com

August 23, 2012 Updates

President Barack Obama assembled what he called his own basketball “dream team,” calling in retired basketball greats Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing to help him raise more than $3 million for his re-election. Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association championships, co-hosted a dinner last night in New York for 120 people who paid $20,000 each to attend. “We are in the fourth quarter, we’re up by a few points, but the other side is coming strong and they play a little dirty,” Obama said. “Nobody knows better than Michael that, if you’ve got a little bit of a lead and there’s about seven minutes left to go, that’s when you put them away.” BusinessWeek.com

August 12, 2012 Updates
August 8, 2012 Updates

President Obama's campaign is planning a fundraiser with some of the biggest names in his favorite sport, basketball. Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony and Patrick Ewing are among the participants in the upcoming "Obama Classic," the campaign announced in an e-mail that offers donors a shot at an invite. The e-mail asks donors to "imagine shooting hoops" with these and other players. "Now stop dreaming and make it happen," it adds. "You and a guest of your choice could join President Obama and some of the greatest basketball stars for a special night at the Obama Classic." The event is Aug. 22 in New York City. USA Today

August 7, 2012 Updates
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Patrick Ewing was stunned that Dwight Howard opted in last March. “I was very shocked that he had opted back in because everybody thought he was going to leave.’’ Ewing, who watched the situation up close as an Orlando assistant, said on NBA TV. Ewing is now looking for work after he was let go along Orlando head man Stan Van Gundy. Sulia

Patrick Ewing thoroughly dismissed comparisons between this Olympic team and the Dream Team. “They’re a lot smaller than we were,’’ Ewing, one of 11 Hall of Famers on that Dream Team, said on NBA TV. “(The current team is) kind of light in the middle. Myself and David Robinson, we would have had a field day… I’m not saying we would have creamed them. Best out of 10, I’d say we’d have beaten them 10 out of 10.’’ Sulia

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MCCALLUM: It’s a good question. You always have regrets after a book, and one of my regrets — and I don’t know if it could’ve been any different — was that I didn’t get a lot out of Patrick [Ewing]. I think I got a lot out of Mullin and Stockton by going to visit them and I saw what that experience meant to them. John’s always on-guard, hands up and everything. But I was kind of able to write about that. And Mullin, with his alcoholism beforehand and what it all meant to him. Patrick I wasn’t able to unlock so much. But a basketball team is a microcosm. It’s the way a team operates. NBCSports.com

June 11, 2012 Updates
May 31, 2012 Updates

Higgins confirmed a Yahoo report that Bobcats owner Michael Jordan told Orlando Magic assistant Patrick Ewing he likely would not be getting the job. The Bobcats have interviewed at least eight candidates and are expected to interview at least two more – Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Quin Snyder. Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins says the team will hire a new head coach within the next couple of weeks, but it won't be Patrick Ewing. Higgins said that owner Michael Jordan informed Ewing that the team plans to hire someone other than him to replace Paul Silas. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

May 30, 2012 Updates

Malone -- who is also expected to be in the mix in Orlando and for Portland's coaching vacancy -- remains on the short list as well, along with former Portland coach/Raleigh native Nate McMillan. While Yahoo! reported that Orlando assistant -- and longtime friend of Jordan's -- Patrick Ewing is no longer in the mix, a source said Cleveland assistant coach Nate Tibbets is still in the running. Memphis assistant Dave Joerger and former Charlotte assistant Stephen Silas (Paul's son) also interviewed, but their status is not known. SI.com

As it turns out, the "Space Jam" reunion won't be happening with the Charlotte Bobcats. 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. Yahoo! Sports

May 28, 2012 Updates
May 18, 2012 Updates

With Mike Woodson’s contract being hammered out this week, Patrick Ewing won’t be getting any head-coaching interviews with the Knicks any time soon. But yesterday, the Big Fella moved a step closer to his first head-coaching job when he interviewed for the Bobcats position in Charlotte. New York Post

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