Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing would love for New York Knicks president Phil Jackson to call him about their head coaching vacancy. Ewing earned 11 All-Star nods in his 15 seasons as the face of the Knicks franchise, a stint that came to an end in 2000.
Ewing, who is currently the associate head coach for the Charlotte Hornets, had this to say on CBS Sports Radio Sunday (via NY Daily News).
I’d love to go back to New York…I’m not sure what is going to happen in terms of who they’re going to have fill that void, but if I get a call, I’m ready.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 2, 2014
Jackson is said to be looking at former players as candidates for the vacant Knicks head coaching job. Steve Kerr verbally committed to the job before backing out at the last second to take the Golden State Warriors opening. New York has also been linked to current Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher, who can finally interview after his team was eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday.
As it relates to experience, Ewing has more of that than any of the potential candidates that have been linked to the Knicks job. He has served as an assistant for the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets over the past 13 seasons. The next logical step for the 51-year-old Ewing would be to step into a head coaching role. What better place to take that next step than in New York, where he is a living legend?
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