The Charlotte Bobcats were rumored to be after Patrick Ewing for the head coaching job last year but while they’ve passed on offering him the job two years running now, that hasn’t stopped them hiring the Hall of Famer to their staff. According to Yahoo! Sports guru Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bobcats have hired Ewing as their associate head coach.
Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing has reached agreement to become the associate head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Ewing won’t be assuming head coaching duties just yet, as the Bobcats hired former Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford as the top dog on their staff, but if Clifford fails, Ewing seems to be next in line to take over if Micheal Jordan decides to give his old friend a chance to lead his team into the future they hope is bright.
It’s also not like MJ is doing Ewing a favor by adding him to the Bobcats staff, as he’s more primed than one would think to take over as head coach or at the very least assist Clifford in leading the young Bobcats in the right direction. The New York Knicks Hall of Famer spent eight season starting in 2003 as an assistant with the Houston Rockets and then with the Orlando Magic.
Charlotte is changing their name, they’re changing their coaching staff and the roster may see a change up as well. Hopefully for soon-to-be Hornets fans, the reunion between Ewing and Clifford is one that leads the team in the right direction, but a lot still needs to happen before the Hornets (neé Bobcats) are contenders in the East.