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REPORT: Patrick Ewing close to becoming lead assistant in Charlotte

According to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com Patrick Ewing will interview with the Bobcats about their head assistant coaching position. Ewing is scheduled to meet with Charlotte on Wednesday.

As has been noted when the Bobcats hired Steve Clifford as their head coach, Ewing and Clifford have coached together in Houston and Orlando, so the relationship runs rather deep.

“I have worked with Steve for many years in Houston and Orlando and I consider him to be a friend. We’ll see what they are looking for and see if it’ll be a good fit,” Ewing told CSNNW.com.

Numerous people have commented how good Ewing would be for the youthful bigs in Charlotte and add the needed toughness that the front court lacks in many ways, but Ewing seems as if he’d rather be respected as a basketball coach, in general, first.

“I just don’t want to come in and be labeled a big-mans coach. We’ll sit down and see what we can offer one another and go from there,” said Ewing.

At the time, the comments sound like Ewing is somewhat lukewarm to the idea of coming to Charlotte. That being said, he’s also been contacted by Sacramento about interviewing for their head assistant position as well, but no meeting has been scheduled as of yet.

I think most would agree that adding Patrick Ewing would be quite a catch for this coaching staff and it’ll all come down to Steve Clifford convincing the hall of fame center of how much he truly needs him in Charlotte.