Y! Sources: Patrick Ewing has reached agreement to become the associate head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. tinyurl.com/n46h4ll
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 11, 2013
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Patrick Ewing has agreed in principle to become the associate head coach in Charlotte.
Ewing coached with new head coach Steve Clifford in Orlando and Houston in earlier assistant coaching stops. Ewing was also an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards back in 2002-2003.
Ewing is renowned by most for his ability to develop big men, and did assist Dwight Howard with his development when in Orlando, but Ewing has made it clear that he wants to be known as a basketball coach first.
“I just don’t want to come in and be labeled a big-mans coach,” Ewing said last week.
That being said, it’s still quite clear that Bismack Biyombo’s development hopefully just took a turn for the best.
Regardless of how Ewing is perceived by general fans or others around the league, he’s undoubtedly one of the best post players to ever play in this league + is saturated in basketball knowledge. It’s hard to imagine that this is anything but a great hire for Charlotte and will aid in their player development.
Ewing and Michael Jordan are very close and played on the 1992 United States ‘Dream Team’ together, but this wouldn’t appear to be a ‘yes man’ hire by Jordan. Ewing is hopefully another hire that falls into the category of Jordan’s ‘hands off’ approach.