New York Knicks: Patrick Ewing

Ewing 'ready' if Phil calls about Knicks job

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Patrick Ewing hasn’t talked with Phil Jackson about the Knicks’ head-coaching vacancy yet, but he said Saturday that he’d “love” the opportunity to coach in New York.

“I’d love to go back to New York,” Ewing said in an interview with CBS Sports Radio. “My family is still there, I still have a home there. I’m not sure what is going to happen in terms of who they’re going to have to fill that void but if I get a call, I’m ready.”

Right now, it doesn’t seem as if Ewing is a candidate for the head-coaching job. Jackson said on Friday that his preference is to hire a coach with whom he has a relationship.

"I'd like to have a prior relationship with a coach so that we know that we’ve gone through some kind of issues together. We’ve dealt with some kind of battle situations. We’ve had conflicts, we’ve had disagreements and we know how to work things out," Jackson said. "Those, I think, are part and parcel, I think, to having a relationship with people that can work together that can still disagree and come to terms."

Ewing doesn’t fit that description. Derek Fisher appears to be the leading candidate for the job at this point.

There’s a possibility that Ewing could be added as an assistant. But Ewing is interested in a head-coaching job. He’s the associate head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats under head coach Steve Clifford and has helped develop big man Al Jefferson.

“I’m happy where I’m at in Charlotte and I’m enjoying working with coach Steve Clifford and the Charlotte Hornets organization. All I can do is continue to learn my craft. ... When and if somebody decides that they believe in me to give me the opportunity, then I’ll be ready.”

Ewing, a Hall of Fame center, was asked on CBS Sports Radio if he thought that there was a “bias” against hiring former frontcourt players as head coaches.

“I really don’t know. It’s something I don’t even try to lose sleep over anymore,” said Ewing, who has served as an assistant coach for nine seasons. “All I can do is continue to learn my craft and continue to do the best job that I can do and learn from all the people that I’ve worked with and worked for and to make sure that when I get an opportunity that I’m prepared.”

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Ewing makes coaching debut vs. Knicks

November, 8, 2013
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former Knicks great Patrick Ewing, who was passed over several times for assistant and head-coaching jobs by New York, made his head-coaching debut against the organization Friday.

The Knicks spoiled Ewing's first game as a head man, though. Andrea Bargnani poured in 25 points and Carmelo Anthony added 28 in New York's 101-91 win.

"They're a tough team to play," Ewing said after the loss. "They have so many great shooters. I thought for the most part that our guys tried. It just wasn't in the cards for us."

Ewing was on the bench Friday because head coach Steve Clifford wasn't well enough to coach.

The Bobcats announced that Clifford underwent a successful procedure Friday to have two stents placed in his heart.

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said in release Friday that Clifford is "resting comfortably" in the hospital but it's too early to know when he'll return to work.

With Clifford unavailable, Ewing, the Bobcats' associate head coach, took the reigns.

"It's definitely not the way I wanted to start my head-coaching career with him being in the hospital," Ewing said before the game.

Ex-Knicks coach and current ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy and Bobcats executive Michael Jordan reached out to Ewing to offer advice.

"[Jordan] called me and told me if I don't win I'm fired," Ewing joked. "He said it's very ironic that my first opportunity to be a head coach is against the Knicks."

Ewing was passed over several times for assistant and head coaching jobs by New York after his 17-year playing career.

The Knicks made Ewing an offer to coach the team's D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, last season but Ewing declined because he wanted to remain in the NBA, according to a source.

"I don't even worry about that. All I worry about is getting our team ready, getting our team focused," Ewing said on Friday. "Not many (Bobcats players) know that Cliff is not going to be coaching tonight. I have to relay that to them.

"Apart from all that stuff, I’m happy with the Knicks, I’m happy with (Knicks owner and MSG chairman James) Dolan."

Ewing admitted to being "nervous" early in the game on Friday but said he was later "able to calm down and do my thing."

His Bobcats struggled to defend the three point shot (New York hit 46 percent of his attempts) and couldn't contain Bargnani. The seven-footer had his best night as a Knick on Friday.

"We cut their lead but it wasn't enough," Ewing said. "(Bargnani) just made some shots."

It's unclear at this point when Clifford will return. Ewing hopes Clifford will be back on the bench Sunday. The Bobcats next play on Monday at home against the Hawks.

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Ewing may make debut vs. Knicks

November, 8, 2013
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- How's this for irony?

Former Knicks great Patrick Ewing, who was passed over several times for assistant and head coaching jobs by New York, may make his head coaching debut against the organization on Friday.

Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford was admitted to the hospital late Thursday night because he wasn't feeling well. His status for Friday's game is uncertain. If Clifford can't coach, Ewing, the Bobcats' associate head coach, will take the reigns.

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Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesPatrick Ewing acknowledges the crowd at Knicks vs. Bobcats on Nov. 5.
"I mean it is strange," Ewing said of potentially coaching against the Knicks. "The only head coaching that I've done is during the summer league."

"Like I said, against [the Knicks], I see all of you [New York-based reporters] here. I can see the writing on the wall right now," he added with a laugh.

Ewing has been an assistant coach for nine seasons. The Knicks have had several coaching staff openings since Ewing began coaching, but they've passed over the franchise's all-time scoring leader again and again. They did make him an offer to coach the team's D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, last season but Ewing declined because he wanted to remain in the NBA, according to a source.

On Friday, Ewing said his thoughts were with Clifford, not the Knicks.

"My emotion is all about Cliff and the team. Cliff is a very dear and good friend of mine and I'm concerned for his health and safety and well being," Ewing said. "We have a great staff assembled here. So if he doesn't make it then myself and the rest of the staff will have to carry on until he comes back."

Imagine the uproar if Ewing coaches the Bobcats to a win over the Knicks. New York will have dropped to 1-4 after two straight losses to the Charlotte. Wonder how Knicks owner and MSG chairman James Dolan would react to that one?

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Ewing joins Jordan's Bobcats

June, 11, 2013
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Patrick Ewing and Michael JordanNathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesIf you can't beat 'em, join 'em?
NEW YORK -- Former New York Knicks great Patrick Ewing has reached an agreement to become an assistant head coach with the Charlotte Bobcats, a league source confirmed.

Ewing will coach under longtime friend and first-year head coach Steve Clifford. He will also be working for friend and former rival Michael Jordan, who owns the Bobcats.

For the full news story, click here.

ANALYSIS: You know what they say: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Ewing could never lift the Knicks to a title during Jordan's reign so he's agreed to work for him.

We wonder how the Knicks feel about this move. Ewing attended a ton of Knicks games last season and even sat next to owner James Dolan during one of them, fueling speculation that the Knicks were thinking of offering Ewing a job.

Ewing turned down the opportunity to coach the Knicks' D-League team, the Erie BayHawks, last summer. According to a league source, he still desires a head coaching gig in the NBA. The Bobcats' job under first-year coach Clifford is a good step toward that goal.

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Ewing: Knicks won't beat Heat

March, 20, 2013
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Patrick Ewing failed in his bid to end a New York Knicks championship drought that dates back to 1973, and he does not believe Carmelo Anthony's luck will be any better this year.

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“I don’t think anybody’s good enough to beat Miami,” Ewing told ESPNNewYork.com. “Miami’s on a roll; you’ve got three bona fide superstars on that team who are used to playing with each other, who are playing at a very high level. I don’t think anybody right now can challenge Miami in the East. I don’t really think anyone can challenge them in the West, either.”

Ewing sat courtside at the Garden for the first half of the Knicks’ victory over Orlando on Wednesday night; the Knicks great left the building at halftime to prepare for his debut as a postgame analyst on the MSG Network. Ewing said he initially believed Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire would form a tandem that might ultimately topple the Heat.

“When I looked at that team on paper, the duo of Amar'e and Melo, I liked it a lot as an inside-outside punch,” Ewing said. “Even though they were both similar in a lot of ways where they both need the ball, I thought you could post Amar'e up, you could run pick-and-roll, you could hit him on the dive. And Melo can shoot the long ball, put it on the floor, and you could also post him up.

“I thought it was good, but then it’s about the pieces you put around them. I like the team. It’s just unfortunate that Amar'e got hurt, and then when you’re playing in New York, everything is put under a microscope.”

Nobody knows that better than Patrick Ewing.

Thompson a candidate; what about Ewing?

September, 11, 2012
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Mike Woodson seems to be narrowing his search for an assistant coach.

According to two sources, Lasalle Thompson is a leading candidate for the job, which opened up after Kenny Atkinson left New York for a gig in Atlanta.

Thompson and Woodson have a history together.

Thompson, a 15-year veteran, played with Woodson with the Kansas City Kings from 1982-83 to 1984-85.

Thompson also was an assistant on Larry Brown's bench in Charlotte from 2008-09 to 2010-11.

Woodson is very close to Brown, the former Knicks coach. He coached under Brown in Detroit on the Pistons' 2003-04 NBA championship team.

So it makes sense that Thompson would be high on Woodson's list.

But no final decision has been made. And there is no shortage of coaches -- both out of work and currently employed -- who have been beating down Woodson's door for a job.

Thompson, though, seems like a solid candidate to replace Atkinson. Atkinson worked in player development, most famously tutoring Jeremy Lin before, during and after Linsanity.

Thompson worked with scores of young players in Charlotte as a strength and conditioning coach and an assistant.

As a player, Thompson had the reputation as a hard-nosed rebounder, an attitude that would serve the Knicks well and complement Woodson's defense-first philosophy.

That being said, the eternal question around here still remains: what about Patrick Ewing?

Ewing recently declined an offer to coach the Knicks D-League team, according to a source close to the Hall of Fame center.

Ewing has served as an assistant coach in the NBA for eight seasons, with the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets and, most recently, the Orlando Magic.

One source close to Ewing said the Hall of Famer felt a bit slighted by the Knicks' offer to coach the Erie Bayhawks because he has already established himself in the NBA.

"Patrick has paid his dues," the source said. "He was a little insulted."

Ewing was not retained by the Magic after they fired Stan Van Gundy in May.

He said in the offseason that he still wants to coach and doesn't want to be pigeon-holed as a "big-man coach."

"I consider myself a coach," Ewing told reporters. "Even though I did play the position and (am) very knowledgeable about the position, I feel that I'm knowledgeable about every position."

But he's never been close to getting an NBA coaching job with Knicks.

The team recently unveiled new uniforms with stitching on the inside that reads, "Once a Knick, Always a Knick."

But what about Ewing?

Question: Do you want to see Ewing back with the Knicks?

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Source: Ewing slighted by Knicks' offer

September, 10, 2012
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Former New York Knicks great Patrick Ewing declined an offer to coach the Knicks' D-League team, a source close to Ewing confirmed.

The big man turned down the offer because he wished to remain in the NBA, the source said. Ewing has served as an assistant coach for eight seasons, with the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets and, most recently, the Orlando Magic.

One source close to Ewing said the Hall of Famer felt a bit slighted by the Knicks' offer to coach the Erie Bayhawks because he has already established himself in the NBA.

"Patrick has paid his dues," the source said. "He was a little insulted."

For the full news story, click here.

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Former Knicks star Patrick Ewing is a candidate to become the next head coach of the Detroit Pistons, according to reports by NBA.com and the Detroit Free Press.

Ewing, 48, is currently an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic. He previously served as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets.

It is not clear at this time whether Ewing has already interviewed with the Pistons. Other candidates who have already interviewed include former New Jersey Nets coach Lawrence Frank.

The 25th anniversary of a miracle win

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No matter what you are doing Christmas Day, if you commit to watching the Knicks and the Bulls, stick with the game all the way through, regardless of the score.

Because history says you never know what will happen for the Knicks on Christmas Day. One game in particular, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, serves as the ultimate teacher.

In the 1985-86 season, the Knicks were in their second year of being decimated by injuries to star forward Bernard King and center Bill Cartwright. Rookie center Patrick Ewing would eventually fall victim to the malaise that infected the franchise for three seasons, one similar in nature to that which befell the 2009 Mets.

The Celtics, on the other hand, were on their way to an all-time great season. The 67-15 mark would be their best in the Larry Bird/Kevin McHale/Robert Parish era and the team would go on to win the NBA title.

For the first two-and-a-half quarters, the holiday game at Madison Square Garden matched up as it would be expected to, with the Celtics leading 58-33.

Then came the unexpected -- the NBA equivalent of what the Eagles did to the Giants last Sunday.

The Knicks used a 20-5 run to cut the Celtics lead to 10 by the end of the quarter. Then Ewing took over the game in the manner expected of him when the Knicks made him the No. 1 pick in the preceding NBA Draft. He scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, including 12 straight for the Knicks in one stretch. They would tie the game on two free throws by Rory Sparrow in the final minute.

The Knicks would rally again in overtime, evening things on a 3-pointer by the ever-clutch Trent Tucker with 11 seconds left. The teams would reverse roles in the second overtime, the Knicks playing like a team on its way to the NBA Finals. A Ewing hoop put the Knicks ahead for good, and they would win, 113-104 in one of the most entertaining finishes in the history of the franchise.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2