Patrick Ewing was one of Michael Jordan’s biggest NBA rivals and now the Orland Magic assistant coach could end up working for Jordan as the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Sources close to the potential deal recently told Yahoo! Sports that Ewing will interview for the position once the Magic are done in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
While the two men were fierce competitors during their NBA playing days they are also close friends and sources close to Jordan say he believes Patrick Ewing would make for a serious candidate.
Competing against Patrick Ewing for the position are Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan.
Patrick Ewing is no slouch when it comes to coaching in the NBA for the last eight seasons he has served as an assistant coach, including the past five seasons under Stan Van Gundy’s Orlando Magic roster.
It isn’t just Michael Jordan who has given serious thought to hiring Patrick Ewing as a head coach, last string he interviewed with Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars who at the time said he was impressed with Ewing.
In the meantime serious candidates for the position may want to hold out until May 30 to see if Charlotte wins the N0. 1 overall draft pick in the NBA lottery. If the Charlotte Bobcats win that pick they will likely take Kentucky center Anthony Davis.
Patrick Ewing would replace the fired Paul Silas once season after his team managed the lowest winning percentage (.106) in NBA history.
Do you think Patrick Ewing would work well under the management of Michael Jordan?