Saturday, March 31, 2012

Patrick Ewing interested in Knicks' coaching job

The legendary Patrick Ewing, in a recent interview with ESPN, expressed interest in becoming head coach of the Knicks. Ewing said he would be interested in coaching for New York if the team decided to go another direction this summer. Ewing did say that he thought Mike Woodson was doing a great job as interim head coach. 

Ewing is currently an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic under Stan Van Gundy and has been heavily involved in the development of Dwight Howard. Ewing has been looking for a gig as a head coach and even interviewed for the open position with the Pistons during the past offseason. But that position eventually went to Lawerence Frank and Ewing remained with the Magic.

The major knock on Ewing is that many see him as purely a developer of big men and relatively untested as a leader. But Ewing counters that former Knick head coach and current ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy started in a similar position before he became head coach.

But all this may not matter as Mike Woodson's chances of being retained look better and better as the season progresses. If the Knicks are able to keep up their great play and make the playoffs, it might be hard for James Dolan and Gus Griswald to decide not to keep Woodson as coach. Especially considering the change Woodson has been able to institute after the tumultuous atmosphere following the resignation of Mike D'Antoni.

Perhaps the only thing that might prevent Woodson from getting the job is the possible return of Phil Jackson. But as of now it isn't clear if Jackson would be willing to return to coach and if he would want to work in New York away from his wife, Jeanie Buss.

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