Could Patrick Ewing teach the triangle offense?

Keith Schlosser

Should Derek Fisher opt to play another year or take some time off, Phil Jackson may need to get creative when it comes to hiring the next head coach of the Knicks.

As the team looks to resume a quest for greatness, could this end up being the year Patrick Ewing returns to the Big Apple?

Hall of Fame BasketballOf course, fans can dream. But perhaps hiring Ewing isn’t as farfetched as it may seem.

Jackson is reportedly “open” to talking to former Knicks’ guard turned former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson about the team’s respective vacancy. That said, he’s also asserted well throughout this search that he has plans for the triangle offense in New York, and that familiarity with it from a prospective coach is a plus.

With that in mind, it could be argued that Ewing actually has more experience with the triangle than (Mark) Jackson, or any other “outside” candidate the Zen Master may consider.

Recently, longtime NBA coach Mike Dunleavy advocated for his own candidacy for the Knicks’ job by asserting he could teach the triangle, largely in part due to the fact his previous teams had to learn it while competing against Jackson’s teams over the years.

Could the same theory also apply to Ewing? In addition to being best friends with Michael Jordan, there’s no denying Ewing’s Knickerbockers were forced to match up against the triangle through some of the big man’s prime years in orange and blue. Is it safe to assume, he, too, understands Jackson’s system?

Since moving on from his playing days, Ewing has served as an assistant coach (with the Wizards, Rockets, Magic, and now the Bobcats-turned- Hornets) for well over a decade now. Though, he was at one time, stereotyped as a big man’s coach, he’s undoubtedly learned new concepts along the way. What’s more, he’s continued to campaign for a head coaching job through the years. As it stands, he currently serves as Associate Head Coach for the Hornets under former Knicks’ assistant Steve Clifford.

Would a call from Ewing’s buddy MJ be enough to convince Jordan’s longtime mentor that his friend deserves a shot to run the show for a team once and for all?

Jackson hasn’t exactly had the opportunity to make a splash just yet, but it’s safe to say Carmelo Anthony and the team’s entire fan base alike are on pins and needles awaiting his first big move. What better way to help set the tone by bringing one of the organization’s all-time greats back into the fold?

Ewing’s potential return during such a transitional period for the team would be an interesting storyline with a potentially satisfying fairytale ending, should the Big Fella be able to capture success with the Knicks yet again.

With complete control and a final say over all basketball operations, Jackson may actually represent Ewing’s best chance at coming back once and for all. It just so happens the Knicks also have a desirable job opening. Needless to say, Ewing arguably meets all of the qualifications for the position, including those that are most important to Jackson.




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David Jean-Jacques
David Jean-Jacques

Get Mark Jackson off Abc and on the sideline for the Knicks!!!!!!!

hosket
hosket

Ewing is an icon.....Yes it would be a nice feeling good story.  Would have been a better story if he accepted the head coaching job offered to him by the Knicks last season......The BayHawks job.  He had gotten on the job experience...the only thing holding him back...and now he would be in White Plains.  Breathing down everyones neck.  But never wanted to take a lesser head coaching job and put it on the line.....

Must rankle Jax a tad....I mean Jax was a big guy and wanted to coach...went to the Patroons and actually put himself  it out there Patroons were affiliated with no one.....lots of bus rides etc......... but eliminated the one thing holding him back,experice.overall responsibility..stuff you get fired for.......Big guys have a harder road.....so gotta be flexible.

Would have helped him taking the job with Erie with Dolan....remember he asked to be traded.   Missed an olive branch opportunity.


knickfan2
knickfan2

Serious question for TKB...especially to those who keep harping on the fact that the Knicks should have amnestied Stat over Billups, which I agree with btw:

Carlos Boozer has 1 year remaing on a 75 mil contract.

D.Rose has 3 years remaining on a 98 mil contract.

Wouldn't it be smarter for Chicago to amnesty Rose instead of Boozer, especially consider his injuries over the past 2 years and unwillingness to play in the post season? Is it possible that John Paxson actually amneties Rose in an attempt to pair Melo (assuming he goes there this summer) with his buddy Rondo in 2015?

Rondo, Butler, Melo, Gibson, Noah is a dynasty in the making.

johneco
johneco

Interesting bit about Carmelo.  The part about Houston in particular.  They are a real threat to sign him outright, leaving us with no compensation.



Carmelo’s Free Agency:  There are two numbers to think about as Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony prepares to enter free agency: 30 years old and $22.5 million.

The first is Anthony’s age. The second is the amount of money he is eligible to receive as a first year salary in a new deal. That figure is not exclusive to the Knicks; he can receive that from any team he signs with either as an unrestricted free agent or in a sign and trade deal.

To run the numbers, Anthony can get a maximum five-year, $129 million deal from the Knicks, or he can get a four-year $96 million deal from another team. For most players that fifth year is somewhat moot as the expectation is they’d get that money in their next deal; however in Anthony’s case that fifth year might really matter as its unlikely anyone is giving a 35-year old another $25-$28 million, although crazier things have happened.

There are a few teams that get linked to Anthony the most – the LA Lakers and the Chicago Bulls.

The Lakers look like they’ll have something in the neighborhood of $24.8 million in maximum salary cap space. They would have the chance to make a run at Anthony, but even if he shaved a little cash of the deal to be a Laker, landing Anthony at even $18 million a year (a $16 million total contract discount), leaves the Lakers married to Bryant and Anthony as their core players with little else to work with in free agency. It all but removes the Lakers from free agency in 2015 unless the salary cap goes way up next year.

The Lakers’ stance on Anthony all year has been that he is not a primary free agent target and that the idea of blowing all their free agent money on him is not the goal. If he shows up on their door step willing to talk $14-$15 per year they’d absolutely sign him, but getting Anthony a deal anywhere close to what he can and likely will get offered from the Knicks may be too rich for the Lakers’ taste, especially as they look towards life without Bryant.

The Bulls are another team that gets mentioned and the fact that Chicago is now sitting on a best case salary commitment figure of $63.95 million means they have zero cap space to work with even if they renounced everything they can renounce.

The Bulls do have the option of using the one-time Amnesty roster cut on the final year of Carlos Boozer’s contract ($16.8 million) but even paying him to go away does not get the Bulls anywhere close to $22.5 million. It might get them to $16 million. The Bulls could try and trade away a contract like Mike Dunleavy Jr ($3.32 million) and get themselves to $19 million, but then the team is locked into Anthony, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson with little else.

It is absolutely do-able, if the Bulls want to eat those costs, but Bulls sources have said from the beginning that they doubted ownership would approve paying Boozer $16 million to go away and then paying Anthony close to $100 million.

If the Bulls could find a way to trade Boozer in a deal that returns Anthony, or Anthony would sign for something in the $15-$16 million range they would do that, but does Anthony really give Chicago a $21 million discount on a four-year deal?

There are a couple of dark horse suitors that could gum all this up and those are Dallas and Houston.

Dallas has the cash to go after Anthony straight up. Dirk Nowitzki has already told the team he’ll work with them to get them the cap space to sign another significant player. So Dallas could get to the $20-$22.5 million number the Knicks are expected to offer. They could present a team built around Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon and Nowitzki with a proven coach in Rick Carlisle.

Houston would trade almost anything not named Dwight Howard and James Harden to get at Anthony and they would go all in on a contract too. There has been talk that Houston has offered up Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin in a “give away” trade that could include their draft pick in the first round or a roster player like Terrence Jones to get those salaries off the books.

If the Rockets can find a taker for those contracts they’d go from a best-case $56.9 million in salary commitments to $40.2 million, which means $22.7 million in cap space. That’s more than enough for Houston to get into the game in a serious way for Anthony.

With three teams offering what could be full max contracts, it’s hard to imagine Anthony leaving $16-$20 million in total compensation on the table to be a Laker or a Bull, especially when New York is likely offering a fifth year and Dallas and Houston may be offering better fitting rosters.

It seems the Bulls and Lakers have eyes on other guys too (read that to be Kevin Love), and that may play into how aggressively they go after Anthony, if they go after him at all.


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Raul Garcia
Raul Garcia

he may not be able to teach the triangle offense but he could turn amare stoudamire into a beast if hes still their cause that boy needs to learn to play big.

johneco
johneco

I think Ewing lacks the intelligence and communication skills necessary to be a head coach.

Many of you will ask what proof do I have.  My proof is I have seen Ewing speaking, probably 1000 times.  During the years when he was our star I was a fanatical fan, I watched every game, watched every pre and post game interview.  I've also watched him some (less) since.  I'm sure he's a good guy, I'm sure he preaches the right things; he was part of a strong locker room, and is probably a good assistant coach.  Yes, he was our best player ever, always played hard, and I'm eternally grateful.  But to me he seems to lack those critical skills.  I prefer Fisher.  There are plenty of questions about him too, but at least we know that he's a charismatic speaker.

Also, I have to say that this article was the kind of lame puff piece that just makes me cringe.

Chris Perdoncin
Chris Perdoncin

Hasn't he done enough damage to the Knicks the first time????????? Hameen J. Berkeley

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

why doesnt Lamb get more playing time....hes way better then butler

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

oh oh SA coming back..okc better not blow this

Mike De Fantis
Mike De Fantis

No!!! We want marky mark! Stop asking us these questions!!! No to Fisher no to Ewing no to whoever else

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

In NBA 83% percent of all home teams win game 7....as an example this series....SA blew out OKC at home and now opposite is happening...why are the odds so much higher for an NBA team to win at homeits nott that high in baseball nfl and hockeyY anyone know

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

wait...I thought SPurs were winning this in 5....I mean SPurs are clearly so much better

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

apparently some of you folks here complained and my akamarb account got deleted or something....weird because I wasnt cursing or being mean ... anyways im like a coachroach - I cannot and will not be killed

This comment goes out to the big 3 - Sandro Guedes / Silent Jay and Old Knick ( notmally a smart bunch of fellas ) but couldnt be ay more dumber with their recent comments

According to these 3 - OKC needs a new coach and Westbrrok should be traded / and cannot play with KD

A team that had 60 wins ago 2 years and made finals
A team that won 59 games this year and will make finals this year

( a team that only lost last year because of Westbrook injury )....and according to you basketball savants...Brooks needs to go...you guys are pure idiots just for that comment...

and btw where are all the fellas that said spurs will sweep or win 5....amazing how dumb some of you can be...simply amazing

Chris
Chris

@OLDKNICK Says we should keep him to me, how about you OK

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

They can't amnesty Rose because his contract was signed after the new CBA. He is not eligible.

jtru001
jtru001

@knickfan2 drose on a bad knee is >  rondo imo...but you bring a good point...i think rose is  young enough to comeback ...give him one more year and make that decision next season.

johneco
johneco

@knickfan2 

I see your point, but without Rose, what do they have really?  An overachieving defensive team with no stars.  I doubt Melo would go there.  Also, I think Rose was signed after the amnesty rule, so is not eligible.  Finally, where would they find the money to also sign Rondo?  And no, that would not be a dynasty anyway, not enough offensive firepower.

Chris
Chris

Afraid Stat`s beast days are numbered. Knees and back problems make mortals out of all of them

johneco
johneco

Ewing damaged the Knicks?  What on earth are you talking about?

brookdon
brookdon

Brooklyn is always linked to our guys lol. The little brother complex is amazing. Shawne Williams to Kidd to Murry

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@knickfan2 I'd keep him, but we gotta be real: the dude isn't nowhere ready ready to be a reliable PG off the bench,

Jeffires has a better handle, his j is inconsistent at best.

His role is perimiter defense, and even that, because he has trouble against screens and off the ball. Man on man he's solid, but that's it.

If he's willig to remain in the same role he had last season, I'm all for it, with a SL included. Anything more than that....he's not ready imo, at all.

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

@Sandro Guedes yea too bad theyve been down 20 the whole game...maybe if they werent...that would mean something

knickfan2
knickfan2

If Popavich retires, chances are he will go back to being Pres. of B-ball operations for the Spurs again just as he started. But it would be nice if he coached the Knicks.

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

hahaha...wouldnt that be amazing...I would gladly give u 50$ if I knew we could get Pop and Parker....I would send it now

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

Unless it includes Harden AND Howard... NOTHING!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Chris @OLDKNICK The Rockets have nothing I want.

Parsons...overrated player due for a big overpay.

Lin...yeah pass.

Beverly, only for his D I'd take him.

They have no high draft picks...


If you're gonna trade Melo, make sure you get a lottery pick + strong assets for him.


Everything else is just garbarge.

Too many fail to gauge just how much of a difference maker Melo is. 

knickfan2
knickfan2

Johneco, you're right...Rose did indeed sign his contract after the amnesty provision was enacted. My bad.

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

See this is what I don't understand with you... For ANY other team Melo is great... But for the Knicks he isn't... Can you explain that... I mean money wise Houston is dead for years to come if that's where Melo ends up... Why is it OK and considered an awesome move for other teams to cap out regarding Melo but if NY does it you consider it a dumb deal?

Chris
Chris

@johneco He demanded that trade and we lost his expiring contract, plus we took on I believe 3 horrendous contracts that really led to the demise of the franchise in 2000

Chris
Chris

@VerySilentJay @knickfan2 His off ball defense was one of the better on this team last year imo. The Knicks problem was they had no rotation rules and it showed. Had he gotten 1/2 of Rays minutes we would not be having this conversation. Note when he did get some minutes our ppg defensive average went down

knickfan2
knickfan2

Yeah, I agree with you. Along with Cole Aldrich, Murry was one of the guys who I wish got more playing time.

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

after 2 blowouts for each team...who is better...honestly, still a toss up...but home court could prove to be difference for SA

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

if a word like idiot will get me banned thats fine..I can get a limetime ban..but your recent comments of OKC peaked/Brooks needs to be replaced and KD cannot play with westbrrok are simply retarded...and so are u if u believe that nonsense

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

Yeah I would be ridiculously upset... I would want EVERY pick they have and ones they don't have yet...

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

Houston effed up signing these two (Lin Asik)MEDIOCRE at best players to huge deals and now they want help unloading them... NO SIR you played The Knicks out in that Lin deal now lay in the bed you made...

Chris
Chris

@OLDKNICK @Chris Its the Latino hate thing going. Many latinos don`t like PRs for whatever reason, and here is one in our midst that is a supreme balla making mucho dinero, must be killin him

jtru001
jtru001

@Sandro Guedes @jtru001 im talking about him comming back at first..like i said i get your point but i would rather take my chances w/ rose at least this year....next year diff story...plus rondo almost 30 melo 30...see the pattern here?

jtru001
jtru001

@Sandro Guedes @jtru001 rose has youth on his side where amare did not really. i get your reason for concearn lets not forget how horrible rondo played after comming back from his own knee injury.

Chris
Chris

@Sandro Guedes @johneco @knickfan2 What team are you rooting for Sandy? Melo makes every other team a beast, yet you plead with the BBall Gods to trade him away, sort of a conundrum

knickfan2
knickfan2

Knick_fanatic, IMO Aldrich should be kept as a back up center. He seems more than capable. But, we'll see what Phil has up his sleeve.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@knickfan2 

Aldrich and Murry are free agents and I doubt the Knicks will dip into their taxpayer MLE to keep either one.

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

honestly ... you couldnt be any more wrong...you keep mentioning that Brooks still hasnt found a way to get KD and Westbrrok to play together...

are you drunk or something ??? so winning 60 games 2 years ago and getting to finals and winning 59 games this year and being 2 games away from finals - is a failure of them not being able to play together ??

maybe Westbrook is more unorthodox and shoots more then a real PG - but it makes no difference if the results are there - next to Heat And SPurs they have been the 3rd most succesful franchinse in NBA the last few years..

you should really stick to covering soccer and just talk about the knicks...and keep your opinions about other teams to yourself...theyve been quite idiotic recently ( no offense )

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Akamarb Tkb I still think SA is too disciplined, too well coached to concede to OKC.

OKC lacks solid coaching, their offense is extremely basic, and it all itakes is to have either Russ or Durant off their games to throw their entire "scheme" down the toilet.

Clips won their games because either Russ nor Durant were up to par on both ends, and because Brooks hasn't found a way, after all these years, to put togther a fluid offense to bring the best out of those two.

Tactically, SA is a much better team, by miles, than OKC, which is what ultamtely will cost them the series imo.

Youth against Experience. A matchup for the ages. This time around, experience just has too much savvy for inexperienced youth and weak coaching to make the difference.

To those who love to gamble, even against the Knicks (which is heretic and ridiculous, and this will never change), the safe money is on SA.

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

its 50.50 at best...with spurs getting edge cause of home court

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

lol so who will get fatigued more....and based on what...the substitutions 

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

I wont lie...had no idea he was such a difference maker

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

ill b honest even at 2-2/../..will be toug for OKC to win that one game at road ( and they will not win a game 7 at spurs )....amazing what kind of a difference Ibaka makes right

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

if OKC wins this game by 20....do u still like spurs chances for series

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

sandro if OKC wins this series ( hypothetically ) - will u still considered them peaked....

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

so if Brooks should be fired..undr those high standards...only pop and spolstra should keep their jobs...your gonna fire a guy with 60 59 wins...finals apperance and a WCF...ok man,,,,high standards 

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

you are not retarded - you are very smart when it comes to knicks

but if u blv OKC peaked...westbrook is bad and OKC needs a new coach....then theres no hope for u...im surprised...cause u should know better