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Congratulations to Patrick Ewing, who has been working for years for the chance to get on the bench for an NBA team. Ewing has had other assistant coaching jobs before, but this position with the Bobcats might be his best shot at his most obvious prize: A chance to be a head coach.
Patrick retired from the Knicks as a Hall of Famer in 2002, but hasn’t received the kind of respect and opportunity that an intelligent man and great former athlete should receive. He has served an assistant for a while now, and hopefully, Michael will give him his first real shot at true coaching glory.
The Magic went on a magical run to the 2009 NBA Finals with Dwight Howard as the centerpiece. Ewing worked extensively with Howard on playing the center position.
The Magic eventually went on to lose to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, but not before Ewing was recognized for his major growth as a coach. He started with the Washington Wizards in 2003.
As a Knick, Ewing and Jordan with the Chicago Bulls engaged in yearly battles that are of NBA lore. But while they battled on the court, they were friends off it, sharing the same agent and serving as teammates on NBA all-star teams and the 1992 Olympics “Dream Team.”