Knicks legend Patrick Ewing has been paying his dues as an assistant coach in the NBA for 13 seasons. If it were up to him, that wouldn’t be the case. He has been vocal about the frustration over not getting the promotion he wanted and it only heated up when the Knicks played the Hornets. Ewing is currently an assistant with Charlotte.
Kurt Rambis’ seat in NY has recently cooled though they have had a pretty pitiful season. Phil Jackson reportedly endorsed Rambis as ‘his guy’, but that didn’t stop Ewing from getting his name in the conversation. Quote via ESPN:
“You know, this is a great fit for me,” Ewing said before the Charlotte Hornets’ 111-97 win over the Knicks on Wednesday, according to reports. “I have my number up there [in the Garden rafters]. I still live in the area. If I get an opportunity for an interview, I’d be happy.”
Ewing had comments on his readiness for the head coach position. His frustration is understandable, but he seems like he is trying his best to keep his head down and keep working.
“I’ve been doing this, what, 13 years now?” he said. “I see people who don’t have the same amount on their résumé as I do and still have gotten opportunities. It is what it is. All I can do is continue to work, continue to get better at my craft, and hopefully one day somebody will give me an opportunity and I’ll show that I’m ready.”
With someone like Phil Jackson running the Knicks, all I can see is a power struggle if they both ended up in NY. It seems like a recipe for disaster.
Carmelo Anthony is traded this summer and Knicks nation need a morale boost. Even if they aren’t great, Knicks fans would still get to go see Patrick Ewing at the Garden again.