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Report: Patrick Ewing has “good chance” at Bobcats job

Patrick Ewing

Orlando Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing makes a pass during a shoot around before an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Ewing, a former New York Knick and Georgetown alum, was announced as part of the 10-member class that will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

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At some point Patrick Ewing is going to get a shot at being a head coach in the NBA.

The current Magic assistant coach interviewed with the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday and that might be the landing spot, according to Marc Berman New York Post. However, if Stan Van Gundy is out in Orlando (still waiting for that ax to fall) Ewing will not be considered there.

One person familiar with the situation said this was hardly a courtesy interview, that Ewing has a “good chance’’ of being Paul Silas’ successor….

According to a source, Ewing would not be considered for the head job with Orlando and it’s believed his relationship with maligned center Dwight Howard is not as tight as it used to be.


Ewing has the advantage and disadvantage of being friends with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan. The upside is Jordan knows and trusts him, plus MJ has been known to hire his friends.

The problem is Jordan has taken heat for hiring his friends. Even if he and GM Rich Cho consider Ewing the most qualified, there is precedent of MJ just hiring people he likes. It would be a topic.

That’s why I guess the Bobcats will go another direction. Ewing will have to wait.