Thursday, June 14, 2012
Ewing wants NBA head coaching job
By Mike Mazzeo
Patrick Ewing wants to be an NBA head coach in the near future.
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“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.”