Patrick Ewing Interested In Knicks’ Head Coaching Job?

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Knicks great Patrick Ewing has paid his dues. Now he’s ready to lead his own team.

Ewing, currently an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic, told the New York Post Wednesday night that he’s “definitely” hoping to land a top job sooner rather than later.

And he’s not just looking at the Knicks, who have been on fire under interim head coach Mike Woodson.

“My goal is to be a head coach,” he told the paper. “I hope to get interviews everywhere where there’s a job open.”

Since taking over for Mike D’Antoni, Woodson has led the Knicks to eight wins in nine games.

Even without stars Amar’e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin, New York had no trouble dispatching Orlando on Wednesday, 108-86, behind 25 points from Carmelo Anthony on 9 for 15 shooting.

“I think (Woodson) is a fine coach,” Ewing said before the game. “He’s done an outstanding job in the eight games he’s taken over. But any opportunity I get, I’m ready.”

Woodson could have a legitimate shot at the full-time job, especially if he coaches the Knicks (26-25) to a decent playoff run. New York hasn’t won a postseason game since 2001.

Still, Ewing wants his shot. After spending years as an assistant in Washington, Houston and now Orlando, the Hall of Famer is ready for any opportunity that comes his way.

“There are already three teams without a head coach,” he told the Post. “I’m hoping to get an interview with all of them and hope I land one. That’s why I work and study. I’m waiting for the opportunity.”

Ewing interviewed for the Detroit Pistons’ vacancy last offseason.

Knicks fans: should the team stick with Woodson? If not, what about Ewing? Sound off below…

  • Markstripes

    Woodson has earned a shot to come back next year as the head coach. Perhaps Ewing deserves a shot somewhere, but it shouldn’t be at Woodson’s expense.

  • What's In A Name

    Where’s his hoody???

  • GothamGirl

    I love Patrick and really want him back in the fold but, I’m sticking with Big Mike as the head coach. PE should definitely come back as one of Wody’s assistant coaches though.

  • Danny Bowens

    Well let’s just say if the Knicks continue to play inspired basketball. And make some noise in the playoffs. Mike Woodson will be offered the full time job of coaching the Kncks next season and beyond. I really like the way Mike Woodson has this team finally playing play to play defense. The new defensive minded Knicks are gonna cause alot of NBA teams trouble on a nightly basis. This team has the talent but can all this talent play together. That’s the question I’m still waiting to have answered? Tyson Chandler is a beast in the paint on the defensive side of the ball. Iman Shumpert can single handledly shut down most opponents any given night. I just need the offense to jell more. Then this team will be an hard out in the playoff. As far as one of my alltime favorite Knicks Patrick Ewing. He will find a head coaching job soon in the NBA. I just don’t think he will have the chance to coach this team. Unless the team collapses down the stretch under Mike Woodson. It’s just not gonna happen Patrick, sorry! I wish you all the best. Let’s Go Knicks!

  • BUG5

    Yea we love Ewing, but after several seasons were we can barely get excited over Knick basketball, we now have a team under Woodson that is playing hard and looking like a legitimate contender. The way we dispatched the Magic last night is a clear sign of things to come, I hope the Knicks give Woodson the full time job for at least 2 seasons, see where we go. I feel we may repeat what we did in 1999, the other lockout season, when we went to the finals, we are playing that kind of basketball, the basketball that includes both heart and talent. We will reach the NBA Finals, with Woodson, and not an experiment like our beloved Ewing.

  • Knicks17

    Go for it Patrick..Us Knick fans would love to have u on board..GO KNICKS!!!!

blog comments powered by Disqus
Giving Tuesday
Charles Osgood Event

Listen Live