Elfrid Payton can add some more hardware to his trophy case, but his newest award has nothing to do with his recent run of triple-doubles. On Saturday night, the Orlando Magic named Payton the winner of the 2016-17 Rich & Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award for his community service work. “I think it’s just part of my duty,” Payton said Saturday night. “I really do. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh. He’s blessed me with this opportunity. I know where I came from. I know what I didn’t have. I know people that didn’t have things, and all they wanted was some hope and somebody to let them know that they’re there for them or that they care about them. I know that stuff goes a long way.”
Van Gundy has always felt that Ewing has the necessary traits to be a NBA head coach because of his eagerness to work with players of all sizes and not just centers. “Look, he’s a guy who spent a lot of time really working at it,’’ said Van Gundy, who worked with Ewing when the Magic reached the 2009 NBA Finals and the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals. “Didn’t want to just be a big-man guy or sort of the NBA guy who is just trying to get into the heads of guys.’’
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“He wanted to do all the X-and-O stuff, all the game plan and game prep stuff and teach on the court. He can coach guards as well as bigs and he’s not limited. He’s a guy who has worked hard to become a good basketball coach, period, and he is that. He’d be great there (at Georgetown),’’ Van Gundy continued. “I’d hope he’d get a shot in the NBA, but Georgetown might be the one job he’d consider.’’