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June 11, 2013

Some background on Patrick Ewing, Charlotte Bobcats' new associate head coach

    One year after interviewing to be the Charlotte Bobcats’ head coach, Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing has been hired as Steve Clifford's top assistant, an informed source confirmed.

            An agreement in principle had been reached by the team and Ewing as of Tuesday. A formal announcement should come later this week.

            Yahoo Sports first reported Ewing’s hire Tuesday afternoon.

            Ewing, one of the game’s best centers when he played for the New York Knicks, will have the title associate head coach. He worked with new Bobcats coach Clifford when both were on Stan Van Gundy’s staff with the Orlando Magic and previous to that with the Houston Rockets.

            Ewing was out of coaching last season after Van Gundy was fired by the Magic. Before that he was with the Washington Wizards (2002-03 season), the Rockets (2003-06) and Orlando (2007-12).

            Ewing worked with center Dwight Howard in Orlando, helping him with post moves and shot-blocking technique. He figures to spend a lot of his time in Charlotte working with third-year center Bismack Biyombo, who the Bobcats selected seventh overall in the 2011 draft.

            Biyombo finished last season tenth in the NBA in shots blocked (1.77 per game), but is quite limited offensively. Biyombo averaged just 4.8 points in 27 minutes last season.

    Ewing, who scored over 24,000 points in a 17-season NBA career, had a wide variety of post moves and a reliable fade jump shot along the baseline.

            Ewing is close friends with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan. They played together on the 1992 “Dream Team’’ that won the Olympics. Both were represented as players by agent David Falk.

    Ewing was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Bobcats a year ago before they hired Mike Dunlap as head coach. Dunlap lasted a single 21-61 season before being fired in April

Posted by Observer Sports on June 11, 2013 at 03:11 PM | Permalink


Nice. I like this hire.

Posted by: Jeff Otah | Jun 11, 2013 3:42:24 PM

Nice hire by the Horncats. He's been in winning organizations and around winning coaches. He has a solid resume' as both a player and assistant. Can't find much to complain about here......

Posted by: Smitty | Jun 11, 2013 3:43:30 PM

Kinda surprised they hired him. Hopefully this means they are looking at Len. That being said this team still needs some luck!

Posted by: Charlotte | Jun 11, 2013 3:46:18 PM

Good hire. Now if we can get Noel at 4......

Posted by: Downtown Sports | Jun 11, 2013 3:46:54 PM

I like the idea of picking up Noel (if possible) or dropping back for Len, and then putting Ewing in charge of them. Having two long shot blockers would be some sort of identity for the team.

Posted by: Nick | Jun 11, 2013 4:09:37 PM

Gold Club!

Posted by: Norton L Pipkins | Jun 11, 2013 4:24:26 PM

this is also a good move in case clifford doesn't work out. hopefully ewing stays around a while. good for the charlotte economy. not sure what his spending habits are, but having another multi millionaire in town with expendable income should help some uptown restaurants more than your average associate head coach would. high profile too.

he has been adamant about not just being a big man's coach so I feel compelled to say he could do wonders for MKG as well.....but seriously......biyombo and he need to be locked in a gym all summer. and he should pull some georgetown cards and get mutombo and alonzo involved also.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 11, 2013 4:25:55 PM

Trade Portland, Detroit #1's and TT for Demarcus Cousins -- Draft Anthony Bennett. Finally we have duo low post scores!! Biyombo to the bench.


Pretty sick line-up

Posted by: taggy | Jun 11, 2013 4:32:20 PM

Agree good hire as long as Ewing wasnt made the head coach!! Hey Im just saying!!!!!

Posted by: Big Daddy | Jun 11, 2013 4:55:37 PM

Coach Ewing would be an excellent coach for Len and Biyombo. The Hornets need a Free Throw Shooting Coach(Dell Curry performing double duty). Hey ..Hey..Hey.

Posted by: Shedrick Williams | Jun 11, 2013 5:19:18 PM

Good Stuff! It's really starting to feel like this organization is finally heading in the right direction!

Posted by: DWS44 | Jun 11, 2013 6:19:41 PM

Excellent hire! Gotta go with Len at #4 unless we trade down. No way down I trade any of next years picks unless a offer we can't refuse comes up. Gotta find a way to get rid of Tyrus.

Posted by: Teddy Rosevelt | Jun 11, 2013 6:19:49 PM

tyrus will get amnestied. too many deals available to keep him and give up that flexibility. it will cost more to keep him than to pay him to go away when you factor in ticket sales and hypothetical salary cap implications.

especially when he can be replaced/upgraded for the veteran's minimum.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 11, 2013 7:14:54 PM

Fantastic Hire! Now big name assistants are coming.....what is next? Already like this new coach if he can attract an assistant like this. Wll be great to see him work with Biyombo.

Posted by: Jimmy | Jun 11, 2013 7:48:38 PM

Have to say, it's starting to finally feel like the Cats are headed in the right direction. With any luck, they'll luck out in the draft.

Posted by: PantherDave | Jun 11, 2013 8:07:27 PM

Can you believe they hired Dunlap over Ewing last time around? How the heck could they screw up that badly?

Good hire. Credit goes to Clifford.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 11, 2013 8:30:18 PM

i still think dunlap is/was a heckuva a coach and a great (not good) hire. they just bailed on him before he could prove it.

going from 6-59 to 21-61 and getting younger (waits for Sandy to complain about that fact) is no small feat. would have loved to of seen year 2 with his program.

i remember the giants wanted to fire coughlin because of all the player complaints (this was prior to the superbowl wins). not everyone is a players coach.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 11, 2013 8:48:09 PM

That NASTAR can find the negative in anything. That is a one heck of a skill. Loooooser!

Posted by: New Hornet | Jun 11, 2013 9:02:41 PM

Agree on Coughlin....yet everyone wants to ding Nate McMillan for being "too tough".

No matter which side of the Dunlap deal one is on a case can be made that the front office screwed up royally, how convenient!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 11, 2013 9:04:04 PM

^^^^Yep. Guy is a first class moron. Definition of a hater.

Posted by: Spencer | Jun 11, 2013 9:06:51 PM

NASTAR is the biggest idiot on any board I have ever seen, quite an accomplishment.

Posted by: David. | Jun 11, 2013 9:09:40 PM

^^^^actually I think NASTAR15 was a bigger jackass, but NASTAR99 is closing fast.

Posted by: Skip | Jun 11, 2013 9:11:56 PM

he's actually spot on with that last comment.

no matter how you look at it, they screwed up royally with the dunlap situation. either they hired the wrong guy or they fired the wrong guy. not good either way.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 11, 2013 9:13:30 PM

^^^^OK. Let me know when he posts a positive comment without some kind of qualification. Want to see a positive turn into a negative. Alakazam. Should change his name to the magician.

Posted by: Skip | Jun 11, 2013 9:18:36 PM

Can you believe they hired Dunlap over Ewing? What. Kind of moronic comment is that? They just hired Clifford over him as well. Dope.

Posted by: David | Jun 11, 2013 9:22:21 PM

Good, maybe he can make up a little for convincing Alonzo to move to Miami.

Posted by: hoopster | Jun 11, 2013 10:28:14 PM

Good hire for the Cat's.

Posted by: Fan | Jun 12, 2013 4:46:30 PM

maybe him and Jordan will suit back up. we would still lose but they would sell some tickets.

Posted by: peter | Jun 12, 2013 4:48:44 PM

Hey skippy and Davey, have fun jerking each other off...

PS...Ewing wasn't a candidate this time so Clifford was not hired over him. You're dumber than dirt.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 14, 2013 12:13:20 AM

i think this is a prime example of where jordan is actively trying to shed the whole 'friends of michael' reputation by not giving ewing a shot at the top job even if it were a good fit.

sad thing is....jordan could shed that image immediately by firing higgins and replacing him with ANYBODY witha brain.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 14, 2013 10:15:42 AM

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