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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 at 11:05 am  |  22 responses

Patrick Ewing Declines Knicks’ D-League Coaching Offer


by Eldon Khorshidi | @eldonadam

Patrick Ewing’s desire to become an NBA head coach—preferably, it seems, with his beloved New York Knicks—has been well-documented. But the Knicks, in what could be argued as mildly insensitive, have repeatedly passed on Ewing for coaching positions, and it’s no secret the 11-time All-Star whose number hangs in the rafters of Madison Square Garden feels slighted.

Although Ewing is currently out of work, that doesn’t mean he is willing to sell himself short. The Knicks recently offered Ewing the heading coaching job of the team’s D-League affiliate Erie Bayhawks, and, well, let’s just say he wasn’t too thrilled about it.

Via ESPN.com:

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.” 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. Ewing has not been shy about his desire to return to New York. “I’d be interested in any job, but this is home, naturally,” Ewing told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian O’Connor in late March. “I still have my place here (in New Jersey), and I’d love to interview for any job, here or anywhere. “I played here. I know the ins and outs of New York, the media, the fans.” Ewing was not retained by the Magic after they fired Stan Van Gundy in May. He interviewed for head coaching jobs in Charlotte and Portland in the offseason but did not get either position. Ewing has had great success working with NBA centers such as Yao Ming (during his stint in Houston) and Dwight Howard. He recently told reporters that he does not 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.”

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  • Shifty

    Somone give this man a coaching position!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    guess he’s making enough money off his shoes

  • danpowers

    that is a shame. any team with quality centers should consider giving him a head coach job or at least a well paid assistant coach offer. expecially the knicks who can afford to throw money at guys like novak. they also have a vacant assistant coach position. i dont get why they didnt offer him that one.

  • shockexchange

    The NBA used to be a niche sport. As it has gone more mainstream / corporate, increasing its revenue and popularity, the delineation between “player” and “management” seems to have become more defined. Back in the day, Ewing could have become a coach and noone would have cared. Today, for most of the players, a head coaching job simply won’t happen.

  • M Cho

    I don’t know how dudes like Michael Curry and Vinnie Del Negro got head coaching opportunities while Patrick was passed over.

  • IGGI

    What shoes?? I have not seen a Ewing shoes in a long time.

  • Abe

    Ewing could check his ego, do a killer job in the D-League coaching, and then half of the GMs in the league would be calling him for an open job. But no, he feels the job is beneath him…and it’s why he’ll probably never be a coach in the NBA.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    I gotta disagree with you. Ewing has been a part of an NBA coaching staff for the past 8 seasons, he’s already paid his dues and they ask him to go coach in the D League? That’s like being demoted. Name another coach that had to go down to the D League from an NBA bench for a head coach gig. Mark Jackson got a knicks interview and eventually the Warriors job with 0 NBA coaching experience at all. There is a reason he keeps getting passed over, I just don’t know what it is.

  • Ironpeddler

    Get over it Patrick. You had an immense ego when you played and it’s obviously still intact. Paid your dues?…give me a break! Try living in the world the fans live in and then you may understand…YOU HAVE TO CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK! I don’t care how long you’ve been an assistant coach, practice being a HEAD COACH in the D-League and win a few championships at that level to help round out your resume.

    Once you do that, then watch the offers come in.

  • Kevin

    Yet Vinny Del Negro has had 2 coaching jobs.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    And Randy Wittman has had multiple jobs. Kevin McHale failed as a GM and as a coach and still got the chance to coach the Rockets. Terry Stotts has received multiple chances. Exactly what sort of experience did Larry Bird have as a coach before he got his first job coaching.
    Different rules for different folks.

  • shockexchange

    @twitter-468547200:disqus You also notice how those who control public opinion – mainstream media – never complain about how many chances the beforementioned people get. But Isiah and Mike Brown …

  • M Cho

    So what you’re telling me is…Scalabrine will be head coach before Patrick.

  • Anonymousnupe

    I’m not sure Patrick has the acumen to be a head coach in the NBA, mainly based on his academic and social performance at Georgetown. (Yes, I have first-hand knowledge of this.) I think he may have hit his NBA-coaching ceiling. He should probably cultivate a reputation as a nurturer of big men and ride that wave to riches for as long as he can…much like “The Dream” has done. No animosity against this brother. Just sayin’.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    He might. He’s already popular with the media and he’s been branded a basketball mind. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him get a shot in three years.

  • Dr Bey

    Patrick Ewing took the NY Knicks the worse managed team in sports to the NBA Finals was loyal and knows the game..even if he was an idiot which he is NOT by virtue of all the years he has played he would be one of the smartest people in the game…White Stars never have to go through this…what was the 8 years as an Asst Coach all about.?
    Dr Bey

  • shutup

    I see what your implying, but both McHale and Bird got jobs in the states they grew up in, also Del Negro worked as a radio commentator for the Phoenix Suns before being promoted to director of player personnel for the Suns in 2006.[3] In 2007, the Suns promoted him to the position of assistant general manager.[4] Patrick’s icy relation with the media is most likely holding him back.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    That’s one of the things for sure. Plus, he was never seen as a “brain” for a variety of reasons. But, the reality is that there is no rule about having to serve an apprenticeship. That’s hogwash.

  • shutup

    I mean I agree, but if there was an apprenticeship it would be in the form of coaching at a lower level or do commentary like so many before him. Doc Rivers, Marc Jackson, and their ilk. I think Reggie Miller will get a coaching job before Patrick.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Why is being on tv more valuable than being an assistant coachfor eight years like Ewing?

  • shutup

    the same way writing for a national paper is better than just a local one i would presume, wider audience more appeal to the masses thus more likely to land an out of market job, plus if he wasn’t a good assistant coach, he wouldn’t get the necessary recommendation form whoever his head coach was (SVG doesn’t have many suitors himself at this point). Lets use SVG as an example; he was an assistant coach to Pat Riley for 8-9 years, JVG was an assistant for close to 6 years and this is after both were head coaches for college teams. Not to mention guards (mainly pg’s) have an easier transition into coaching because they have to know everybody spots, or if your a big man have to be not only a leader physically but verbally too( Like Bill Russell or Phil Jackson). Ewing never struck me as a vocal leader (more like the quiet brooding type). (Scott Skiles, Mark Jackson, Doc Rivers, Del Negro; these are the 4 most recent player turned coaches I can think of)

  • Jai

    the 33 his have been retroed by ewing athletics…boom! lol

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