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.
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