Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  22 responses

Patrick Ewing: ‘I Still Consider Myself a Knick’

Patrick Ewing, an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic, continues in his futile (and somewhat depressing) search for a head coaching job in the NBA, and indicates that he very much still wants to be part of the New York Knicks family. From ESPN: “Could we see Ewing on the Knicks’ bench one day? ‘I hope that one day I get to come back home because I do live in this area, I still consider this my area, I still consider myself a Knick. Hopefully one day I’ll be brought back here,’ Ewing said. When asked about the lack of big men as head coaches in the NBA, Ewing said: ‘If you look at most of the guys who have gotten the jobs, most of them have been guards. Very few big guys have gotten the opportunity.’ The big man was candid about the subject, saying: ‘People have always said that, ‘Oh, he only knows the center position. He can just teach the big guys.’ Well, when I played, Jeff Van Gundy was the guy who I worked with. Does that make him a ‘big-man coach?’ People think that just because you’re a center, you’re not as smart as the guards or the smaller guys. I think that’s a load of crap. When I played with the Knicks, I was just as important or just as smart as any other of the guards I played with. I still had to call out plays, notice schemes, know the systems, do everything they had to do.’”

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  • Big M.D.W

    cool he should go for the knicks head coach

  • millertime_31

    here here!!

  • SikhWitIt

    He’s a Seattle Supersonic!

  • LP

    nobody wants a 7 foot head coach…

  • robb

    @LP why?

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  • jimmer

    Honestly Patrick, if you and Shaq were 5’11, do you think you would have been NBA superstars? Even in the NBA? Honestly? You might have to know the schemes etc, but there is a reason steve nash will one day be a coach, and most centres will not.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Jimmer I don’t get the point you’re trying to make. So he can be qualified, but can’t coach because he’s tall?

  • bike

    Could be that he just does not have the ability to be a head coach…nothing to do with height or former position.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    duh, dfrance.
    its not like a coach who’s 6’8″ can win 11 championships or nothing like that.
    stupid, tall, ex-players. psh

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Bike How does one know until they give him a shot?
    Silly me airs, don’t know what the heck i was thinking.

  • kbj

    ohhh so thats why the Knicks won those games against the magic during the season.

  • ran

    The knicks do need a center… Hmmm

  • bike

    dfrance21 well he has been an assistant coach and this piece implies that he has been searching awhile…usually there is a reason someone who has been in the coaching environment awhile is not being given a shot.

  • http://www.yomamajokes.com LilKDub503

    Point guards have to know the offense inside and out. They have to know where all five guys on the court are at all times, and account for the 5 defenders as well. A big man might only need to know where and when he sets a screen and he gets the ball. That’s the perception difference-there are definitely intelligent big men, but they probably were in the NBA due to their size more than their skills. All in all, I’m sure Mr. Chewing can be a great coach, but guards typically already have some of that acumen you need to coach. I mean, point guards are rated on their ability to be “an extension of the coach” on the floor.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I actually get that perception, but Ewing is a hall of fame player. Shouldn’t the perception also be that he was a great player and knows the game? It seems like teams would more readily hire a no name dude, or an NBA scrub before Pat Ewing. i don’t know, maybe he has attitude problems.

  • RunNGun

    One word: OVERRATED. He needs to sit behind the head coach like a backseat driver where he belongs.

  • http://dsjfklfl.com Jukai

    Jimmer is saying that taller players depend on their height and are often not the students of the game they need to be. I’m not sure I agree with his perception, but it rings truth in some cases.
    And Russell was a TERRIBLE coach. He gets credit for being a great player-coach but it was Havlicek who handled the Xs and Os…. remember Russells time as just a coach? No? It’s because history tried to forget it.

  • http://hoopism.com airs

    i was kinda referring to phil jackson but it is kinda coincidence that both have 11 rings.
    well phil technically has 12 i guess.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    That “centers are only tall and have no basketball IQ” argument is kinda BS, imo. Phil Jackson wasn’t a center, but he was a solid, tall forward role player who, like airs said, is one of the best coaches of all time.

  • jimmer

    My point is the guy wouldn’t even be playing basketball if he was average height, let alone coaching it. Given the fact the majority of humanity are the size of a PG and competition for spots are therefore infinitely competitive, most guards get into the L based on outstanding skill levels, and basketball intelligence that are way over and above the normal. I.e, their mental equipment for the game is perched at the equivalent extremity as Patricks physical equipment. Hence the natural propensity for them to end up as coaches. At no point are these things mutually exclusive, ala mr Jackson.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    how can one say that if they were average height, they wouldn’t be coaching, or playing basketball?
    IF they were average height, wouldn’t you think they would hone their game to become a guard?
    but damn that curse of being 6’8″ and over, being forced to learn to play only a big man’s game.
    hypotheticals can be weak.