HoopsHype Patrick Ewing rumors

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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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

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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