Patrick Ewing doesn’t have that elusive title as head coach of an NBA team. But he’s getting closer.
The Hall of Fame center, according to reports, will soon be named the new assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats. Ewing was interviewed a year ago for the head coach spot in Charlotte, but that job went to Mike Dunlap, who was fired after the team went 21-61.
Ewing will officially be the associate head coach. He has coached with Steve Clifford in previous seasons on the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets. He didn’t coach this past season, but has worked with other NBA teams extensively in the past.
Ewing will obviously be used by Clifford to work with the big men in Charlotte. When Ewing coached at Orlando, he focused on center Dwight Howard and on his post moves and shot-blocking techniques. It would appear that Ewing did a good job, in that respect.
He’ll have a project in Charlotte with Bismack Biyombo, the Bobcats’ center, who obviously needs plenty of work before he’s to become an established player in the NBA. He was 10th last season in the NBA in blocked shots at 1.7 per game, but only averaged 4.98 points and 27 minutes per game. The Bobcats need plenty of work with Biyombo in that area. They’re also looking at perhaps getting a big man in the draft, but might be limited. They have the No. 4 pick, but might be tempted to go with one of the outstanding guards that is currently available.
Regardless, Ewing has some work to do in Charlotte.