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The Delusional Patrick Ewing

By Mike Silva ~ September 18th, 2012. Filed under: New York Knicks.

Last week, reports surfaced that Patrick Ewing turned down an offer to coach the Knicks’ D-League team. “Patrick has paid his dues,” a source told ESPN NY. “He was a little insulted.”

Ewing has been an assistant coach for eight seasons, with the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets and, most recently, the Orlando Magic. Despite that time in position, Ewing was turned down by Portland and Charlotte this offseason after interviewing for their head coaching vacancies. Many thought he had the inside track in Charlotte with Michael Jordan running the show. Instead, MJ brought in St. John’s assistant Mike Dunlap- a candidate whom spent very little time in the league.

Furthermore, the Knicks announced that Hakeem Olajuwon will be working with the team during training camp. The Dream is a long-time friend of head coach Mike Woodson, and spent time with Amar’e Stoudemire this past offseason. Once again, Ewing is passed over and the irony is the man that stood in his way of the ’94 title is the benefactor.

I don’t understand why Ewing turned down the D-League coaching job.  It was an opportunity to showcase his ability to lead a club and continue to develop young players. Right now it appears his only other option is to stay home. That won’t keep him at the front of any NBA executives mind. It certainly won’t enhance his resume.

After eight years as an assistant coach, Ewing has been passed over for multiple jobs. Some of his other contemporaries have been hired, which tells me that Ewing hasn’t done enough to make any of the thirty teams believe he is capable of leading them in that capacity. He spent five years in Orlando and they didn’t even grant him an interview after Stan Van Gundy was fired. What does that tell you?

Before Phil Jackson won championships in Chicago and LA, he spent time coaching in the CBA and Puerto Rico. It took five years of coaching in those leagues before the Bulls called. If Phil Jackson can spend time in the CBA, is Ewing above the D-League? You could argue that Herb Williams, Ewing’s former teammate, is more deserving of a head coaching job since he’s spent eight years on the team’s bench, including 43 games as their head coach in 2004.

Patrick Ewing can talk about being “insulted” by the Knicks coaching offer. I would describe Ewing as “delusional” for turning it down.

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Mike Silva has hosted sports shows on 107.1 FM Champions ESPN Radio Long Island ,1240 AM WGBB , Blog Talk Radio and live from Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant. He’s also built and maintained two popular social media hubs: New York Baseball Digest and Sports Media Watchdog. Mike has broken national and local stories, as well as been mentioned on the YES Network, SNY.tv, WFAN, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, NY Daily News, New York Magazine, Journal News and the NY Post. Contact Mike professionally at mikesilvamedia.com

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