The New York Knicks will once again be searching for a head coach this summer, and former team star Patrick Ewing would love to be considered.
“You know, this is a great fit for me. I have my number up there (in the Garden rafters). I still live in the area,” Ewing said, per Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News. “If I get an opportunity for an interview I’d be happy.”
Ewing, 53, has served as an NBA assistant coach in some capacity since 2002 and is currently the associate head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats. His odds of being hired are low, as team president Phil Jackson seems insistent on the Knicks learning and playing the triangle offense and would be better off just retaining interim coach Kurt Rambis if that is indeed the case.
But there’s also the fact that Patrick Ewing knows the Knicks well, having played 15 years of his Hall of Fame career in New York, and he is also the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. One being a great player doesn’t mean that one will be a great coach, yes, but the fact that Ewing has paid his dues as an assistant for so long suggests he would be an exception.
If anything, he will at least warrant strong consideration as the Knicks look to end years of futility.
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