New York Knicks: Patrick Ewing

Van Gundy makes case for Ewing as coach

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Earlier this summer, Patrick Ewing Jr. took to Twitter to express frustration that his Hall of Fame father was still an assistant coach after 10 seasons. It all happened when Jason Kidd became the Brooklyn Nets' head coach with no prior NBA coaching experience.

Well, Ewing Jr. isn't the only one who's confused about Patrick Ewing's situation. On Thursday, former Knicks coach and ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy went on a serious monologue on ESPN New York 98.7 FM radio, saying, "I just don't understand the reluctance by some general managers to view him as a viable candidate."


"I'd like for someone to take my word for it. Ewing would be an outstanding head coach, but no one has bitten yet," he said.

Asked what is the inside word that works against Ewing, he firmly said, "I don't know."

Here's Van Gundy's entire pitch for Ewing:

"Name me one other top-50 player who's gone back to being an assistant coach like Ewing has, and done it for this long in preparation for his next career. What I'm saying is, this guy has shown that he is all in; he's committed. He has a very good work ethic and he can communicate to players different than I can. I might point out mistakes and get on guys or whatever, but he can be even more forceful because he's been there.

"And he was a player who had great pride and great sensitivities, and so I think he has a great knack for knowing when and how, and how forcefully to talk to players. He's a great player, which is always a positive; then a guy who's so dedicated to the profession, has really worked at it to become a very valued assistant. I'm just hoping someone will take my word for it because I think he'd be very, very good.

"One thing I've always been impressed about Patrick, just like he was as a player, he will take constructive critiques of what he needs to improve and work diligently to try to get better. He's not a guy as a player or as a coach who thought, 'I've arrived.' And when I speak to him, he's always talking about, 'I've got to try to get better at this, I've got to try to get better at that,' and as a coach, that really has a profound effect on your team. When your coaches are always striving to improve, then you can demand from your players that they, too, adopt that culture of always looking to get better."

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Ewing: KKK rally helped keep me from UNC

June, 14, 2013
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Patrick Ewing and Michael JordanBrian Drake/NBAE via Getty ImagesPatrick Ewing and Michael Jordan teamed up on Team USA and are together again with the Cats.
Patrick Ewing has teamed up with his longtime friend Michael Jordan on several occasions, from their NBA playing days to their post-retirement work for different teams. Earlier this week, Ewing was named the associate head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, a team Jordan owns.

Ewing and Jordan never rubbed shoulders on the same bench in college.

But it could've happened.

Ewing said he was “close” to accepting a scholarship offer from UNC, where Jordan attended. But something happened during his recruiting trip.

"North Carolina was a very good school, but 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 on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Thursday. "And I'm like, 'You know what? I'm not coming down here. I'm staying my butt back in Boston.'"

What kind of a rally? Ewing said, "Big rally, man."

Something else irked Ewing about being in North Carolina -- the noises at night.

"In North Carolina, you hear all the crickets," he said. "So they stuck me in that Carolina Inn, and nights down in North Carolina, it gets pitch-black and I'd hear all the crickets. And I'm jumping and I'm like, 'What the heck?' So I said, 'No, I'm going back home.'"

Reflecting further on those days, Ewing said Georgetown was always top of mind. In fact, when Dean Smith, the Tar Heels' coach at the time, met with Ewing, he spoke highly of the Hoyas.

"My first choice was Georgetown, and that was my last visit," Ewing said. "My second choice was UCLA, and that was my first visit. North Carolina was great because they had an outstanding coach in Dean Smith, and they had some outstanding talent. But even Dean Smith told me, 'Patrick, if you're not going to come to North Carolina, you should go to Georgetown. Coach [John] Thompson's an outstanding coach and you will learn a lot from him.'"

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Ewing: Kidd will have 'tough transition'

June, 13, 2013
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Patrick Ewing remembers the challenges of going from an NBA player directly to an assistant coach with the Wizards in the same year (2002). So he knows it's going to be much more taxing for Jason Kidd to transition to a head coaching role with the Nets.

"It's a big difference, especially going to head coach," Ewing said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM radio on Thursday. "It was a big difference for me going from a player to an assistant coach when I did it in Washington. When you're a player, you don't realize how much time commitment that being a coach is. ... But then going to being a head coach, the buck stops there with him. That's where all the heat's going to be going."

Ewing said he was "very happy" for Kidd, who was introduced as the new Nets head coach on Thursday at the Barclays Center. Ewing spoke of two main things Kidd will have to do. First, Kidd will need to detach from his personal relationship with his close friend and star point guard Deron Williams.

"It's going to be difficult because you have to separate yourself," Ewing said. "That's one thing that when I first started coaching, the advice that I got was I had to separate myself from the players because I had just came from playing. You have to separate yourself to be able to give them constructive criticism or discipline them when needed."

Second, Ewing said Kidd will need to hire an experienced staff.

"He's going to have to surround himself with good people around him to help him with the transition," he said. "I've been doing this for nine years. First of all, all it takes is for somebody to believe in you, and obviously Mr. Prokhorov and all the VPs at the Nets believe in him."

Earlier this week, Ewing was named the associate head coach of the Bobcats -- his fourth bench role since retiring in 2002. In addition to the Wizards, he went on to work for the Rockets and Magic.

But even with his latest position, Ewing still wants to be a head coach one day.

"All I can do is just keep on working, keep on getting better, keep on improving and hope that one day I would have that opportunity to have somebody believe in me to give me a chance," he said.

On why that hasn't happened yet, he said, "I don't know. Maybe they think big men can't think. The point guard runs the show, but as a center, I'm the leader of the defense, I'm the one that's barking out the defensive schemes, the defensive plays. Just as much as a point guard can think, big men can think also."

Ewing was asked about Mark Jackson taking the rare climb from player to head coach in 2011, and he said, laughing, "Mark has the gift for gab. That's why he became a preacher and that's why he's done a very good job out there in Golden State. He knows how to hold an audience."

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Ewing Jr. tweets displeasure over Kidd hire

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Jason Kidd hasn't coached one day in the NBA. Patrick Ewing, on the other hand, has been an assistant in the league for 10 years.

[+] EnlargePatrick Ewing Jr. and Patrick Ewing.
AP Photo/John RaouxPatrick Ewing Jr. has his dad's back.
That math didn't add up for Ewing's son, Patrick Jr., when the Brooklyn Nets named Kidd their new head coach.

On Wednesday, Ewing Jr. tweeted, "For real though I'm mad J Kidd got a head coaching job a year after retiring n my pops has been coaching 10 years n barely gets a look.

He added later: "Im not mad at J Kidd or hating that he got the job. I'm happy for him. I like him. I just dont get y other qualified coaches get overlooked."

Ewing, who built his Hall of Fame legacy as the Knicks' All-Star center, retired after the 2001-02 season and became an assistant coach for the Wizards. He then served as an assistant for the Rockets (2003-06) and Magic (2007-12).

Ewing took a season off from coaching, but sources confirmed Tuesday that he will become the associate head coach of the Bobcats.

A day later, Kidd got the Nets job.

"I love the Knicks," Ewing Jr. tweeted, "but the best offer they had was NBDL HC?" That referred to the Knicks' offer to Ewing last fall to coach their D-League team, the Erie BayHawks.

During a Thursday appearance on ESPN New York 98.7 FM, the elder Ewing was asked why he hasn't landed a head-coaching job in the NBA.

"I don't know. Maybe they think big men can't think," he said. "The point guard runs the show, but as a center, I'm the leader of the defense, I'm the one that's barking out the defensive schemes, the defensive plays. Just as much as a point guard can think, big men can think also."

He added: "All I can do is just keep on working, keep on getting better, keep on improving, and hope that one day I would have that opportunity to have somebody believe in me to give me a chance."

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Ewing to join MSG for two games

March, 13, 2013
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Patrick's back. Sort of.

The Knicks announced Wednesday that Patrick Ewing will provide analysis for MSG postgame shows on March 20 (vs. Orlando) and March 31 (vs. Boston).

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Cal Sports MediaPatrick Ewing sat courtside for a few Garden games this season.
He's looking forward to the gig.

"It's always good to be back at The Garden," Ewing said in a statement released by the Knicks. "The Garden is home, New York is home, and the fans always appreciated what I brought to the table when I played. I'm really looking forward to working with MSG, it will be a great learning experience for me, and I'm excited to be on the other side of the mic."

Ewing, an 11-time All-Star with the Knicks, worked as an NBA assistant coach for eight seasons after his playing career. He is not coaching this year.

After 15 seasons with the Knicks, Ewing played one year in Seattle and one in Orlando before retiring. A vocal segment of Knicks fans has pined for Ewing to return to the team since his playing days ended.

Earlier this year, the Knicks asked Ewing to coach the team's D-League affiliate. He turned down the offer.

Ewing has been to several Knicks games this season. During a February game, Ewing sat next to Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, which led some to speculate that the Hall of Famer was on the verge of coming back to work for the Knicks.

Fans greet Ewing with hearty ovations each time he's at a home game.

The Knicks retired Ewing's No. 33 jersey in 2003. Ewing was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Rapid Reaction: Raptors 92, Knicks 88

February, 13, 2013
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WHAT IT MEANS
: The Knicks are in first place in the Atlantic Division and stand second in the Eastern Conference heading into this weekend's All-Star festivities.

But they'll enter the break with a bad taste in their mouths after what happened at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

The Knicks lost to Toronto 92-88, thanks to some porous perimeter defense and a poor shooting night from their star.

The Knicks allowed Toronto to hit nine of 21 3s, including four of six in the third quarter.

Carmelo Anthony, who entered play Wednesday tied with Kevin Durant for the league lead in scoring (29 points per game), was held to 12 points on Wednesday and missed eight of 10 shots in the fourth quarter.

Overall, Anthony shot 5-for-24 on the night.

This is just the third game this season in which Anthony failed to score at least 20 points.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: The Knicks trailed by nine with a little over 10 minutes to go in the game, but Anthony cut the deficit to three with a 3-pointer with 2:50 to play.

He had a steal on the subsequent possession but blew the layup.

With a minute to play, J.R. Smith missed a layup that would have cut the lead to two.

ALAN WRENCH: Alan Anderson killed the Knicks all night. He hit six 3s, three of which came in the third quarter, and helped Toronto outscore New York by 10 in the quarter. He scored a game-high 26.

This was Landry Fields' first trip to MSG since signing a three-year, $20 million offer sheet that New York didn't match.

Fields had 4 points and 10 rebounds. Rudy Gay finished with 11 points on 4-for-21 shooting and DeMar DeRozan had 20.

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: The refs were more than happy to hand out technical fouls on Wednesday.

It started when Anthony was whistled for a technical for arguing a call in the first quarter.

In the third, Tyson Chandler picked up a tech for elbowing Jonas Valanciunas.

Aaron Gray then drew the ire of the refs for yelling at Chandler from the Toronto bench. Felton yelled back at Gray. Both players picked up technicals.

Later in the third, the Knicks caught a break when Kyle Lowry was tossed for picking up two technical fouls for arguing a call.

SMITH STEPS UP: Smith struggled on Sunday, scoring just six points on 1-for-9 shooting.

He bounced back on Wednesday to tally 26 points and hit five of 10 3s.

Ray Felton had 16 points and 5 assists. Amar'e Stoudemire scored 10 points. Jason Kidd was held scoreless.

EWING IN THE HOUSE: Ex-Knicks great Patrick Ewing was at the game, seated next to Knicks owner James Dolan. Ewing got a rousing ovation from the Garden crowd upon his introduction in the fourth quarter.

WHAT'S NEXT: Anthony, Chandler, Steve Novak and James White will head to Houston to represent the Knicks in the All-Star Game. Anthony and Chandler will play in Sunday's game and Novak (3-point contest) and White (dunk contest) will represent the Knicks in the skills competition.

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Opening Tip: Reminder of 1990s Knicks?

December, 24, 2012
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Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: The crowd at Madison Square Garden reminds Patrick Ewing of the Garden crowds from his playing days. Does anything about this year's team remind you about the Knicks perennial playoff contenders in the 1990s?

Patrick Ewing was on hand for two games this past week during the Knicks' season-high six-game homestand. And he liked what he saw.

Ewing wasn't ready to predict where this year's team will end up but he did say that the Knicks (20-7) could have enough talent to compete with Miami.

"They're playing well," Ewing said. "If they continue to do it, then they have enough firepower to contend with Miami. But who knows? Miami, even though they're not playing well right now, they're the best team in the East."

Ewing had another interesting observation to make after attending the Knicks win over Brooklyn on Wednesday and the loss to Chicago.

He compared the MSG atmosphere to the days when he starred for the Knicks in the 1980s and 1990s.

"The Garden is at a high like back when we played," he said. "Everybody's enthused, everybody's into it."

The Knicks, of course, made deep playoff runs regularly during Ewing's days at MSG. But they haven't won a playoff series in 11 years. Will that streak snap this season? Ewing wasn't ready to say.

"Who knows how it's going to end? But they're having an outstanding year," he said.

One thing Ewing does know? The MSG crowd is in playoff form.

"It reminds me of when we played," he said. "It really does."

Question: The Garden atmosphere reminds Ewing of his playing days. Does anything about this team remind you of the Knicks' perennial playoff contenders in the 1990s?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Ten years later, Ewing Athletics relaunches

August, 31, 2012
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In 1990, Patrick Ewing's footwear and apparel company was doing so well, it grossed approximately $100 million that year.

Could it happen again?

On Friday -- 10 years since the Knicks Hall of Fame center retired -- Ewing Athletics re-launched, starting with his flagship sneaker, the 33 High. To celebrate, he made a special appearance for fans at New York City's KITH store.

"People have been asking me for a lot of years now, 'When are you going to bring them back?'" Ewing told ESPNNewYork.com. "I've finally agreed to bring them back."

The execution was led by David Goldberg, president of GPF Footwear/Ewing Athletics. He teamed up with Mike Packer, who owns a well-known sneaker boutique in New Jersey called Packer Shoes.

"I grew up in New York during Ewing's glory days and was a huge fan of the Knicks, and the shoes," Goldberg told ESPNNewYork.com. "The shoes and brand are going to be retro-based and 100 percent true to the original shoes and heritage of Patrick, and the brand."

The 33 High first goes on sale in a few select New York City and New Jersey stores, for a suggested retail price of $100. It will then roll out in 33 locations nationwide, before hitting Europe for the holiday season. In addition, more products will be sold.

"The biggest [signature sneakers] back then were Michael Jordan's and [tennis player] Stan Smith's," Ewing said, "and I think I'm right in there."

For more, check out ewingathletics.com.

For a look at the top 10 player-designed kicks in Knicks history, click here.

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Ewing, Dream Team in NBA 2K13

August, 15, 2012
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Courtesy of 2K SportsEwing (No. 6) and the 1992 Dream Team are featured for the first time in the NBA 2K gaming series.

Last year's NBA 2K12 video game featured the "NBA Greatest" mode, which included Patrick Ewing as one of 15 legends fans could play as.

Starting on Oct. 2 with the release of NBA 2K13, gamers can work the ball through Ewing in the post as a member of the 1992 Dream Team. 2K Sports announced on Wednesday that arguably the greatest basketball team ever assembled, along with the 2012 Olympic team, will be featured in the video game series for the first time. The only player in the game not in the red, white and blue is Scottie Pippen, who couldn't come to terms with 2K Sports.

Pippen's former Bulls teammate, Michael Jordan, who's been involved with the NBA 2K series since 2011, said it's going to be exciting for fans because they'll be able to continue the debate as to which team is better.

"Either way, I think it's going to be great for the fans," Jordan said during a media conference call on Tuesday. "I think they're going to have an opportunity to have their own debate, and when you try to debate both Dream Teams, either way it comes out with a gold medal."

But MJ made it clear who he thinks is the better squad.

"The '92 Dream Team I felt was a more well-rounded basketball team," he said. "Kobe [Bryant] thought we were a little old, but we only had two players who were over 30 at the time. That was Magic [Johnson] and Larry [Bird]. The team itself would've been well-rounded defensively, offensively, inside-outside. I just felt like we had enough size that we could contend with the 2012 team.

"I think one of the things that the 2012 team lacked was size, and we probably would've attacked them from inside and then outside. Granted, I think those guys are much more athletic than maybe we were at that particular time, but I'd like to think that we were a little bit smarter and well-groomed about playing at that level of basketball. So in all honestly, I don't think we would've had any problems with them."

Jason Argent, vice-president of marketing for 2K Sports, said that for several years fans had asked that the Dream Team be included in the game. But it didn't become a reality until music mogul and Nets minority owner Jay-Z came aboard as the game's new executive producer after MJ and spearheaded the Olympic movement in 2K13.

"As executive producer, letting fans go head-to-head with these legendary USA teams was extremely important to Jay-Z,” Argent said. "We are excited to partner with USA Basketball, and share in Jay-Z's enthusiasm in making this a reality in NBA 2K13."

The video game will be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for a suggested retail price of $59.99. It will also be available on the Wii, PC and PlayStation Portable. The upcoming Nintendo Wii U system will also carry the game.

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Melo, Ewing participate in 'Obama Classic'

August, 8, 2012
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If you don't like to mix politics with your Knicks, stop reading right here.

President Obama's campaign announced earlier this week that it would be hosting a fundraiser in New York called the "Obama Classic."

Among those scheduled to participate in the Aug. 22 fundraiser are Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and Knicks legend Patrick Ewing.

According to David Jackson from USA Today, the Obama campaign sent an email asking potential donors to imagine playing basketball with Anthony, Ewing and others.

"Now stop dreaming and make it happen," the email says, according to Jackson. "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."

Michael Jordan is scheduled to attend, but is not expected to play.

Other scheduled players include Brooklyn's Joe Johnson, New Jersey product Kyrie Irving, former Knicks rival Alonzo Mourning, ex-Net Vince Carter and ex-Knicks Jamal Crawford and Penny Hardaway.

The campaign email offers donors a chance to win tickets to the event.

According to Jackson's report, the email states: "Pitch in $3 or whatever you can, and you'll be automatically entered for a chance to win.

"Hit the court with Patrick Ewing and Melo? Trade stories with the President? This is the kind of stuff your kids will tell their kids, and no one will believe it until you show them a photo.

"Don't worry if suiting up with hoops stars isn't your thing.

"I know you've got a kid or a friend who would love nothing more than to play with their heroes while you cheer them on from a courtside seat.

"If you've been waiting for the right moment to chip in and support the President, it's time to get off the bench."

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Fans' perspectives on Patrick Ewing

August, 7, 2012
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On Sunday, in honor of Patrick Ewing's 50th birthday, we asked you, the fans, to describe what he meant to you, as a Knicks fan, and the impact he had on the team and on the city in 50 words or less.

Here are the five best submissions:

5. "Ewing meant hope for me, as a Knicks Fan. You know you always had a chance when he was in the lineup. A proven force on both ends of the court."

4. "Patrick Ewing was the best player in New York Knicks history. He symbolized the Knicks during the 1990s era -- a fierce competitor who was one of the premier scorers and defenders of his generation. Although he never won a championship, he will always be admired."

3. "Patrick Ewing was 'The Madison Square Guardian' for better or worse. He was the NY Knicks. If these Knicks had even half of his toughness, they would be unstoppable.

2. "In one word, warrior. He was our rock and willed us to many a victory. I still remember the Marv Albert "Jackson to Ewing" calls when he called home games. He was never given the respect he deserves, but he was our heart and soul. Happy Birthday big man!"

1. "Patrick was an amazing Knick, the best since Walt 'Clyde' Frazier. Melo is a great player and the best since Patrick, but he'll never win Knicks fans over until he takes them deep into the playoffs."

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On Patrick Ewing at 50

August, 6, 2012
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Patrick Ewing celebrated his 50th birthday on Sunday, bringing back memories of the Hall of Fame center who was both widely loved and widely disliked during his 15 seasons in New York.

He was loved for being the Knicks' centerpiece, leading the team to the 1994 and '99 Finals. But he was criticized for having too quiet a personality, and not being as outspoken or controversial as his league foes, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Karl Malone. Also because he could never win the big one -- despite 13 consecutive postseason appearances from 1988 to 2000.

In honor of his 50th birthday, we want to hear from you about your thoughts on Ewing. Describe what he meant to you as a Knicks fan and the impact he had on the team and the city in 50 words or less. Please include your first name and include the city and state/country you're from, and we'll call out the five best submissions Tuesday morning.

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Lin's uncertain future -- and the Knicks'

July, 16, 2012
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Patrick Ewing doesn't know what the Knicks are going to do about Jeremy Lin. He's also not all in on Lin being a starting point guard just yet.

"I don't know. I was very happy for him, but he only played 25 games, so it's very hard to say," he told ESPN New York on Sunday during a USA Basketball and U.S. Military sports clinic for kids at George Washington University. "You wish him luck, he's a nice kid, he's very personable. I had an opportunity to meet him and talk to him and I just wish him the best."

Ewing was more positive about the Knicks landing Jason Kidd and Marcus Camby, his former teammate from 1998 to 2002.

"I played with Marcus and he had some great years in New York, and Jason Kidd is a fantastic player," Ewing said. "Both those guys have had outstanding careers."

The Knicks have until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. ET to decide whether or not they're going to accept the Rockets' three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet for Lin. While there appears to be a split from insiders on what the Knicks will ultimately do, there is overwhelming surprise and already a petition going around reflecting Lin's departure to Houston.

From a basketball standpoint, the Knicks may feel Lin needs another season or two to develop, but envision Raymond Felton (the starter) and Jason Kidd (the backup) providing more of an immediate impact at point guard. By signing Camby and Kidd, with their Big Three of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler in place, the Knicks are clearly in win-now mode.

On the flip side, the Knicks would have depth at point guard, which is especially important with a 39-year-old on the roster (Kidd). It's also the most important position in the NBA, and Lin was consistent in 25 starts last season, averaging 18.2 points, 7.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. He was also more efficient last season than Felton in pick-and-rolls, isolation and jumpers off the dribble, and he was more efficient on defense.

In addition, Mike Woodson would have the benefit of interchanging Lin, Kidd and Felton at times in the backcourt. Woodson is not a coach who gets caught up in strict lineup positions. He's more focused on the positions players need to be on the court to score and make plays utilizing their skills sets.

However, one source familiar with the Knicks' free-agency plans said that Felton's arrival doesn't signal a point-guard-heavy lineup (Lin is 6-3, Kidd is 6-4 and Felton is 6-1). Not only is Felton the shortest, but he's more of a floor general and seasoned enough to get starter's minutes. If they really wanted a combo guard, while keeping Lin, they could've focused on finalizing a sign-and-trade to get one, the source said.

From a financial standpoint, the Knicks knew what they were in for when Lin tested free agency. After becoming a household name in February and March during the trademarked Linsanity, he was given the opportunity to set his own price, especially being a restricted free agent. That status gives a player leverage during negotiations.

Overall, if the Knicks really want Lin back, there's going to be a price to pay. That amount will be $14.8 million in the third year of his contract, which would lock up the Knicks in $75 million in four players -- Lin, Anthony, Stoudemire and Chandler -- in 2014-15. Potentially, the Knicks could go $40 million or more over the salary cap, which won't be determined until the offseason of 2014.

But that's two years from now. For now, are the Knicks really that concerned about the potential for significant luxury tax ramifications? They were going to pay something anyway, with Lin or not. It seems too late in the free-agency process for this to be the biggest issue.

Plus, Lin is a marketing dream, and that's what James Dolan is mostly about. (Case in point: trading for Anthony in Feb. 2011.) And while we're at it, talking about the savvy ways of Knicks' brass, Grunwald saw something in Lin that not many did not, claiming him off waivers in December. That's why this won't be an easy decision for Grunwald, either way, and that's why this could take the entire three-day matching period.

If Lin leaves, don't rule out the possibility that another factor(s) contributed to what happened. There could be more to it than basketball and financial reasons -- perhaps something internally? -- because GM Glen Grunwald and the Knicks are always tight-lipped. We won't know until we really know.

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Ewing wants NBA head coaching job

June, 14, 2012
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Patrick Ewing wants to be an NBA head coach in the near future.



“I’m hoping I got a head job, hopefully one-day soon,” Ewing said Thursday on ESPN NewYork 98.7’s “The Mike Lupica Show.”

“Right now, I’m out of work; we’re not with Orlando anymore. So right now, I’m sending out my resume to everybody.”

The retired Knicks legend, most recently an assistant coach with the Magic, had been linked to a vacancy with the Bobcats before being told by management he was no longer a candidate.

Ewing spent the majority of his interview with Lupica discussing NBA TV’s 90-minute documentary “The Dream Team,” which came out earlier this week.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Ewing said of playing on the 1992 U.S. Olympic Gold Medal squad, considered to be arguably the greatest basketball team ever assembled. Eleven of the 12 players on that team are in the Hall of Fame.

“We all sacrificed our abilities to become a great team, and we went out there and we proved that we were a great team.”

Ewing recalled that playing in the Olympics was a lot different than playing for the Knicks.

“When you’re playing for the Knicks, or whoever, you’re playing for the fans of New York Knicks. When you’re playing in the Olympics, you’re playing for the country. You have the whole country behind you,” he said.

The Dream Team went 8-0 at the Olympics, winning its games by an average of 44 points.

“Practices were a lot more fun than the games. They were a lot more competitive,” Ewing said. “The level of play against ourselves was much better than the talent we were going against over there.”

Ewing said he was able to forge a great friendship with teammate Larry Bird.

“When we played against [the Celtics], I didn’t like him,” Ewing said. “We got to be great friends over there.”

MCA's NYC hoops legacy will live on

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David Dow/Getty ImagesThe late Adam Yauch -- aka MCA of the Beastie Boys -- was a lifelong Knicks fan. Here he poses with Danilo Gallinari at the 2008 NBA draft at Madison Square Garden.
While you’re at the job working nine to five
The Beastie Boys at the Garden, cold kickin' it live
-- "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"

Few teams commanded the attention of The Garden crowd more than the Beastie Boys. But one of the key stars from the legendary New York trio is gone.

Adam Yauch died Friday after a long bout with cancer. He was 47.

The Beasties are inexorably linked with the city and its teams, especially those of the '80s and '90s. Coincidentally, the seminal rap album Licensed to Ill was released in 1986 -- the same year the bad-boy Mets shocked the Red Sox and the sports world. The album and the team remain two of the most important icons of '80s pop culture in the Big Apple.

In 1994, at the height of Knicks and Rangers glory, the Beasties debuted at No. 1 on the charts with Ill Communication. For many, the brilliant tracks on that album are the perfect mix tape for those halcyon spring days of sports. A line from the track "Get it Together" said it all: "I got heart like John Starks, hitting mad sparks, pass me the mic, and I'll be rocking the whole park."

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe Beastie Boys' vast canon is littered with references to New York City hoops.
Yauch, known to fans as MCA, was a basketball junkie -- and the Beasties had many famous lyrics with hat tips to hoops. Ad-Rock’s line, "I'm like Clyde, and I'm rockin' steady," from Check Your Head is as close to lyrical perfection as it gets in NYC. Yauch displayed his own frustrations as a Knicks fan on 1998’s Hello Nasty: “Would someone on the Knicks please drive the lane?"

Throughout the vast catalogue of Beasties hits, there are references to Patrick Ewing, Latrell Sprewell, Anthony Mason, Harthorne Wingo and Phil Rizzuto.

The band's influence, it can be said, sometimes trumped even sports itself. In 2011, after the Knicks were blown out by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, the group debuted their album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two during a Livestream broadcast. The next day, a Yahoo! headline read: "Beastie Boys Outplay the Knicks at Madison Square Garden."

Yauch remained true to the Knicks to the end, attending games and the NBA draft. He directed a critically acclaimed hoops documentary in 2008 -- Gunnin' for That #1 Spot -- about the best high school players in the country playing in the Elite 24 All-Star Game.

And his hoops legacy will live on. As another hip-hop icon was planning to move his team to MCA’s native Brooklyn, Nets owner Jay-Z sampled from the Beasties with his own "Hello Brooklyn 2.0."

To honor the late MCA on Friday night, eight Mets starters took the plate to a Beastie Boys song.

MCA would have dug that -- because when it came to sports, he always seemed to be "rocking this party eight days a week."

Scott Turken is a producer with ESPN's Production Migration unit, which powers the video on ESPN's local sites. Send feedback to scott.turken@espn.com. Follow him on Twitter @Turk0219

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