Patrick Ewing ready if Knicks come calling

Sam Spiegelman

Patrick Ewing has been passed over time and time again for the Knicks coaching job. Yet still, he’s willing to listen if Phil Jackson picks up the phone.

EWING VAN GUNDYIn an interview with CBS Sports Radio, Ewing said he’d be willing to head home to New York.

“I’d love to go back to New York,” Ewing said. “My family is still there, I still have a home there. I’m not sure what is going to happen in terms of who they’re going to have to fill that void but if I get a call, I’m ready.”

However, it doesn’t appear Ewing is on Jackson’s wish list. From what we know, he’s waiting to speak with Derek Fisher and has previously interviewed Mike Dunleavy.

Ewing is currently an assistant in Charlotte, and if he likely would not leave Steve Clifford’s bench just to be an assistant elsewhere.

“I’m happy where I’m at in Charlotte and I’m enjoying working with coach Steve Clifford and the Charlotte Hornets organization. All I can do is continue to learn my craft. … When and if somebody decides that they believe in me to give me the opportunity, then I’ll be ready.”




63 comments
Jay Bonin
Jay Bonin

dont think van gundys on the radar after calling jackson big chief triangle

Andy Brill
Andy Brill

Nope, if he was never a Knick, no one would even consider him worth being a contender for the job.

John Mclam
John Mclam

Hell yeah !!!! His heart , soul and loyalty were amazing. Stopped watching the knicks after he left. ( Rahz Slaughter )

Gregory Winer
Gregory Winer

Ewing does not have what it takes to be a head coach. Period. He's too interested in the glam of NY, cheerleaders and making commercials. I've been all about Fisher coming here since day 1. get it done, Phil! Fish commands respect, knows how to handle divas and most importantly, played floor general for PJ for years. I never took the Kerr thing seriously. 


I don't think the Lakers are a very enticing gig at the moment; they lack direction and leadership. Come to NYC Derek, and let's get this thing going.

hosket
hosket

Ewing....was "insulted "  when the Knicks offered Ewing the head coaching position of the Bayhawks....in 2012...[look it up!]  It was an ideal opportunity to fill out a lineup, actually call time outs, make half time adjustments...all those things lacking in his background.......If he took it...he would be in White Plains now, not to be ignored....BUT he was insulted the Knicks reached out for such a lowly position.......this after he requested the trade outta NY......so a great time to mend some fences and actually put himself out there.


How does Jax..interpret Ewing being insulted at a head coaching opportunity..?..Especially when he took the Albany Patroons job to get what he lacked...experience.


Can we move past Patrick Ewing... Please....



VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

Pass.

There's a reason why Pat hasn't gotten a gig even though he's been available for quite a long time.

Imo, Pat feels he deserves a HC gig while his peers don't, which is why he should've taken the gig offered to him on our DL so he could prove that he has the chops as a HC.

Ever since Pat left Orlando, there's been a lot of "less than positive" comments about Pat's approach and his capabilities as a HC.

The DL was ideal to prove everyone wrong and get experience as the leader of a team.

The fact that he thought he was above while no one wants him....well that just about sums it up for me.

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

At least the picture in this thread shows 1 person who I'd like to see as head coach. (not Ewing)

jax13
jax13

A thought, if fisher signs like a 4 year 16 mil contract to coach, that would make much much more as a coach than a player.

This may have been brought up before but I never even thought about that......

jax13
jax13

Ewing might make a good head coach but his first he job should be elsewhere.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Colossally bad idea.   Ewing is a top three player in franchise history.  Coaches are hired to be fired.  I dont want to sully Ewing's legacy and future as a franchise icon just to see if he can be coach here.   there are plenty of worthwhile candidates.


Everyone should go back and review Willis Reed's history here post playing career.


If we are going outside Phil Jackson's "sphere of influence" let's bring in Mark Jackson.

Peter Villano
Peter Villano

He's wanted to give back to the Knicks for years now. He's taken assistant positions and he wants to coach.

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

How the h3ll do you know what Patrick Ewing is or isnt... You sound like a born fool saying that BS out ya mouth...

#shutyodumbassup

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@jax13 Whatever gig Fisher takes if he retires will be extremely well paid. A lot more than the vet min he'd see with any team.

No one would offer more than that imo.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@jax13 

That is true. Also a front office job would not pay anywhere near that. Fisher has made about $2 million over the last three seasons playing ball.

SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!

jax13
jax13

Perfectly said in that last paragraph

jax13
jax13

Agreed if they go outside triangle guys, mark jax should be the coach. If we lose fish then mark jax needs to get serious consideration.

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

@BiggieTKB Agreed, Ewing would be horrible. There is a reason why he has not received a head coaching position yet. 

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

@knowledge Unless you are disagreeing with Woj, the Lakers are not even interested.