Apr 15, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Orlando Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing smiles as he sits on the bench in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
After years of debate as to whether or not the Knicks owed it to Patrick Ewing to offer him a post-retirement job with the organization, New York finally offered the legend a position. It just wasn't one he wanted, apparently.
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Having been searching for a replacement for Jay Larranaga, the former head coach of the Erie BayHawks, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that the Knicks offered Ewing the chance to coach their minor league club.The Big Fella declined, citing a desire to somehow remain involved in the NBA.
Ewing passing on being the main man of charge of the BayHawks does make sense from a number of angles. Since retiring, Ewing has been an assistant coach for over ten years in the NBA, working closely with the likes of Yao Ming and Dwight Howard, all the while taking note from some of the best coaches in the game. He's certainly paid his dues in the league.
Many D-League head coaches move on to The Association in favor of an assistant coaching job in the NBA. Thus, such a move would appear to be a lateral one for Ewing at best.
Such a hiring would have given both the BayHawks and Knicks a massive PR boost. By reeling in a Hall of Famer, the BayHawks would have landed one of the more high-profile coaches the D-League has ever seen. For the Knicks, it would have served as an olive branch of sorts to finally bring Ewing back to the organization