Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  46 responses

Stan Van Gundy Stumps for Ewing, Rips Knicks

by Marcel Mutoni

Patrick Ewing and a host of other Knicks greats were feted at the Garden last night. Stan Van Gundy and his Magic were in town, and Orlando’s coach wasn’t exactly in a celebratory mood.

After watching the Knicks honor his assistant coach, Van Gundy tore into them for not giving their former center a fair shot at a coaching gig. From the NY Daily News:

“I’m a cynical person,” Van Gundy said following the Magic’s 106-102 win at the Garden. “If they feel he’s one of the greatest players in franchise history and they’ve hired a lot of other prominent players, why won’t they even give him an interview? But on a night like tonight, they’ll want him to help him sell out the building.”

“I’m not trying to needle anybody or tell them their business,” Van Gundy said. “But they honor the guy every year and what’s amazing to me is that while they have a lot of ex-players in their organization, they hadn’t made any move to try to hire him. This is a guy who is not only the face of the franchise and their best player ever and who works as hard as he does, and they say great things about him. But when it comes time to put up or shut up, they don’t do anything. It’s our good fortune.”

If there’s one way to quickly gain some much-needed public support this summer, it’s not hard to see what the Knicks should do.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com GotHandles?

    get dunked on by Patrick Chewing

  • Blue

    A cynical Van Gundy? That’s absurd!

  • littleshotlarry

    I think Van Gundy has a point, but the Knicks probably have their reasons. Doesn’t mean they’re good reasons though.

  • Blue

    I feel him though…I’ll be damned if Georgetown’s finest is worse than Losing Isiah.

  • MooButter

    hahahaha @ GotHandles?

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Also, Van Gundy brings up an interesting question: Is Pat Ewing the greatest Knick of all time?
    I really don’t know enough about the Knicks history to decide one way or another. I’d say he’s the greatest in the Modern (ie Jordan)Era, (approximately 1980-2000) but since he never won the chip its hard to say…

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I bet it has something to do with D’Antoni’s aversion to post up big men.

  • Joe

    ^@ciolkstar: No i think it has something to do with the Snickers commercial.When the coach has more endorsements and commercials post-retirement than his roster(knicks) combined. i Think that may play a factor.

  • Zabba

    I’m guessing they don’t see Ewing as an analytical kinda coach.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    I remember watching that carolina-georgetown game, you know, with “The Shot”. Ewing either blocked or goaltended nearly every shot that game. Scary dude

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    So uh, does Patrick Ewing have ANY prior coaching experience to be fit for this job?

  • shabaz

    Finaly, I can at least say i agree with Gundy. Pat E definetly deserves more credit, than he gets.



  • jay

    co-sign Dallas Stokes.
    It’ll be LOTR III in NY soon enough though B*ches: THe Return of the King!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Pat also likes to get head in the champagne room at ATL strip clubs. That could also be a factor.



  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Gold clubbing, biatches. Aaaaaarrrrhhhh.(dunk-rip off backboard).

  • riggs

    It’s cause of that lay-up

  • Joe

    How funny would it be if Steve Kerr brought in to Phoenix to replace Interim Alvin Gentry!!! Patrick Ewing in control of Shaq’a minutes!!! hahaha: That would be so entertaing- “Where drama/soap opera happens”!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tommy Patron

    The Master of Panic. He was in full effect last night. Still won, though.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    F*ck van gundy and f*ck ewing.

  • http://www.sportsworldchat.com Steve

    Who knows if he would be a good coach, magic johnson and larry bird who are alot more up the foodchain didnt seem to like coaching very much.

  • luke

    Shut up SVG you idiot!!!!We need him here in Orlando to work with big Dwight!Can see his career plateauing slightly if Pat were to leave anytime soon.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    What the f*ck Bryan.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Glad to see my dudes Bernard King, Willis, Clyde, and Pat Ewing though!
    But give my man John Starks some recognition already, Knicks!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Teddy, you’re kidding, right? They mention John Starks at EVERY SINGLE GAME, and refer to him without fail as “Knicks legend John Starks.” If they recognize him any more, he’ll be starting at the two.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Point taken, Russ :D

  • nate james

    i think he wanted to hear that. haha

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I just wonder where Knicks legend Trent Tucker and Knicks legend Brian Quinnett have been? Knicks legend Johnny Newman was at the Bucks game the other week, at least. I haven’t seen Knicks legend Eddie Lee Wilkins in forever, either.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Tomorrow’s Z-Bo tribute video should be touching.

  • sab

    agree with Luke, seems strange that SVG is effectively asking another team to steal one of his assistants!!

  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton


  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The question is: When will Jeff Van Gundy get another coaching gig?!?!?!

  • tealish

    Teddy: I want him to stay in the booth for my own selfishness.

  • thesubwayconnection

    If Orlando was really smart, they’d get someone in to work with Dwight on his jumpshot form. U-G-L-Y.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Do they call Isaiah Thomas a legend…as in a fake story of lore…?

  • chintao

    Given that the Knicks really had no shot at winning anything this year, it is hard for me to understand how D’Antoni got the job (unless Walsh is cagier than I thought and is setting-up D’An to be the fall guy). As SVG said, why didn’t they even give Pat the courtesy of an interview?

    The Knicks Organization has been a depressing mess for the last little while. While the opportunity to change may be there, I am not sure that the ownership/front office/coaching team has the will or skill to get it done.

  • DJR

    How does it take almost 6 hours for Russ to comment on a Knicks story?? Seriously?? I would’ve thought as soon as the RSS came through you’d be straight on…everything ok??

    I hope Orlando keeps Ewing around…at least he’s working with a big man with some potential. D Lee has this rebounding game down pat and needs to just keep working on his 15ft spot up and he’ll be fine. Dwight being coached by P-Ew, I wonder what he says about being the recipient of one of the best in game facials ever. That would be an awkward conversation.

  • https://twitter.com/Neuronautuk mat smith

    wasnt it up to Mike D’Antoni to pick his assistants? Duh.

  • larrylegend

    stan, u r the prototype coach…yelling, always in paint, never satisfied….i love that!
    and ny, well, is there a team or a just a market.
    pat, enjoy the sun…and the wins!

  • BostonBaller

    I laugh when ppl ask if someone has prior coaching experience. “Jakai So uh, does Patrick Ewing have ANY prior coaching experience to be fit for this job?” Everyone has to have a job for the FIRST time…plus he has been coaching for a while now. I’m not saying he is head coach material but yiu can’t say that he isn’t either.

  • http://slam weezyleezy

    they spent too much money payin the mop boys to clean his sweat off the court after freethrows :)

  • http://slam weezyleezy

    he sweats alot

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Hmmm yeah thats true. I think the NYK’s were the only team that required a resurfacing of the hardwood resin between quarters when CHEWING was up and down….and you could park two small trucks in his nostrils…but thats really not an issue.

  • Harlem_World

    Everyone knows Clyde is the greatest Knick of all-time. If not him, then Willis. Much love to Ewing, but you got to get a ring.

  • L

    They interviewed Mark Jackson and even Kenny Smith.. The guy has been an all time great, been an assistant coach for Houston and Orlando. He deserves at least an interview. And by the way everyone knows that Earl the Pearl was far better than Clyde..L