Ewing will serve under Steve Clifford, who the Bobcats recently hired.
Wojnarowski notes that it is a "Space Jam reunion," referencing the 1996 movie that starred Bobcats owner Michael Jordan and Ewing.
Ewing will serve under Steve Clifford, who the Bobcats recently hired.
Wojnarowski notes that it is a "Space Jam reunion," referencing the 1996 movie that starred Bobcats owner Michael Jordan and Ewing.
"I hope that one day I get to come back home because I do live in this area, I still consider this my area, I still consider myself a Knick. Hopefully one day I?ll be brought back here," Ewing, the Knicks' career scoring leader, said in response to a question from Lupica.Now I have to be fair here. No one is a bigger fan or defends the big fella as much as yours truly. That said, I talked to several people familiar with Ewing's situation in Orlando and there are questions about his preparation during practices and a lot of that talk is the reasoning behind him not getting head coaching interviews from what I understand.
When asked about the lack of big men as head coaches in the NBA, Ewing said: "If you look at most of the guys who have gotten the jobs, most of them have been guards. Very few big guys have gotten the opportunity."
The Knicks were one of the first teams to implement the "pick and slip" when they would show Patrick Ewing far from the basket only to have him wait for the on-ball defender to go on the high side and Ewing would "slip" to the basket usually for an uncontested dunk.It would work because the "hedging" defender would be stuck between hedging and staying with Ewing. The Knicks would isolate that side of the floor in a two man game.
In this video, in plays #7 and #1 exhibit the pick and slip. What the Knicks do a great job in the half court of not isolating the floor in a two-man game, they run it from top of key.? They bring the corner offensive player from the corner to above foul line extended so that if the weak side defender helps, the kick out is wide open. More ground to have to cover in order to "close out." It creates more half court space, which as we know is so key.?? Fields has made that shot, but it's meant for Gallinari and Chandler. If the make that shot, they are impossible to defend offensively.
"...3. What if the Knicks hadn?t traded Patrick Ewing?
It seemed as if there was a Higher Authority at work. The Knicks initially arranged a four-team trade in August 2000, but when it fell through, Jeff Van Gundy visited Ewing to persuade him to stay. Ewing believed New York had turned on him. The Knicks were under no obligation to deal Ewing, but a few weeks later they did anyway in a complex deal that also involved the Lakers, Suns and Sonics.
So: a) If the Knicks don?t trade Ewing, they have him for the 2000-01 season, a year they won 48 games without him. With him? Do they likely beat the Raptors in the playoffs? They had the year before. And you have to believe they would have had a chance at knocking off the Sixers in the next round. And then . . . well, who knows? b) At the least, Ewing?s $16 million would have fallen off the cap and c) The never-ending spiral of bad players and bad contracts might have been broken before it ever started with the likes of Glen Rice and Luc Longley. And d) maybe Van Gundy doesn?t resign the next season, and e) maybe Isiah Thomas remains a harmless character we only know from a distance, and f) maybe the Knicks never bottom out as completely as they did..."
"...If I had it to do all over again," said Ewing. "I wouldn't have requested a trade."
Who knew that a simple yet firm demand, made in 2000, would still be haunting the Knicks today? The franchise brass certainly didn't. Neither did Ewing, who today serves as an assistant to Stan Van Gundy on the Orlando Magic bench. Speaking before Game 1 of the Magic-Charlotte Bobcats series, Ewing made it clear he still feels bad about leaving New York. In retrospect, the trade of Patrick Ewing caused the same impact as the drafting of Patrick Ewing. Just as the Knicks saw their fortunes soar when former general manager Dave DeBusschere pounded his fist at the draft lottery on the pivotal day that enabled the Knicks to get Ewing, his trade subsequently prompted plenty more clenched fists pounded for altogether different reasons...
"...You're probably wondering how Patrick Ewing is similar to Donovan McNabb.? Let's take a look.
The Knicks drafted Patrick Ewing with the No. 1 pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.? By the early 90's, the Knicks were one of the league's elite teams that had the misfortune of peaking at the same time that Michael Jordan and the Bulls also peaked.? Upon Jordan's retirement at the end of the 1993 NBA season, the Knicks became the favorite to emerge out of the Eastern Conference and emerge they did earning a birth in the 1994 NBA Finals against Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets.
Didn't they "honor" him by trading him there?
Video tributes are like retired jerseys, if you retire one, you're going to get arguments why you don't retire more.
The most significant one is the 1990 game which led to a rule known as the Trent Tucker rule.? That was when Tucker hit a three-pointer with one-tenth of a second remaining.? It was the first year the NBA employed tenths of a second in the game clock and eventually required there to be at least three-tenths of a second remaining before such a shot can be hit.? The only time a game-winner occurred with under three-tenths of a second left was December 2006 when David Lee deflected his own inbounds pass.
Thanks to the archives of the NY Times, we can relive that with Tucker's comments:
Obviously, he must have really hated when Ewing hit the three from the corner against the Celtics on the parquet floor back in 1990, or any other moment pre-millennium where NY had Boston's numbah. Maybe he felt the need to make New England-ers feel better after coming thisclose to NFL history by renaming The Ewing theory after Tiki Barber.
Very cute. As cute as Brady getting the snot kicked out of him by the Giants D-Line.
Agreeing or disagreeing, as my dad would say, "is what makes a horse race."
Information aside, I'd also like to think that we give you some insight to help you create your own thoughts, thus staying away from the trap many young sports minds fall into. That major outlets reputation for sports supremacy overrides one's very own common sense.
"...The Knicks have yet to finalize the roster for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, but one name that we did hear to be among the players expected to be there is Patrick Ewing, Jr.I've heard there is still some concern about the knee and let's face it, Ewing's athleticism is a huge part of his game. I was, and still am, a huge proponent of bringing in Ewing because it's a great PR move and because the guy is a solid defender with offensive upside. But, should he prove healthy, play great over the summer and make the team, then where are the minutes?
The 6-6 forward was the final cut by the Knicks at the end of training camp and spent the season with Reno of the D-League. He injured his knee in March and did not finish the season. The hope is he will be ready to play in time for the first game, which is July 14 against Hasheem Thabeet and the Grizzlies..."
"...Flip Saunders appears to be at the top of the Washington Wizards' coaching wish list, according to league sources.
While no deal has been struck, one source said the two sides have had preliminary discussions.
Although jaded, the ever-classy Frazier ended up coming home to be an announcer and has become the ultimate and transcendent Knick. It's hard not to like Clyde.
And to Patrick's credit, he seems like a likable guy too, evident by his openly friendly exchange with Mike Breen before last night's tip.
"I'm not trying to needle anybody or tell them their business," Van Gundy said after Orlando beat the Knicks 106-102. "What's amazing is they honor the guy, I don't know, every year. They honor him, but while they've got a lot of ex-players in their organization, they've never made any move to try to hire him. That to me is amazing."? - Stan Van Gundy on Ewing. (finger point to P&T)I mean, the guy is right.
Speaking personally, I'm agitated that Patrick Ewing is an assistant on another team. I'm tired of honoring the guy when he's a member of another organization. He should be every bit what Don Mattingly was to that generation of Yankee fans, that is to say he should be the guy who played hard and for whatever reason just fell short of being a champion.
Clearly for Mattingly, it was his back and what hurts even more for Yankee fans is the fact that Donnie Baseball couldn't hold up a few more years so that he could have been consumed by the Dynasty and headed directly to the Hall of Fame with a few rings in his back pocket. Sure, a strike in 1994 may have hampered DB's real shot at a ring, I mean the guy was hitting .304 and bringing it at the time, but did the Yanks have any shot against the Expos had the season played out? We'll never know... But, without question, he goes down as an iconic Yankee.
Forget the fact that Ewing is the greatest Knick of all-time (statistically speaking), the work that he has done with Yao and Dwight Howard has been outstanding. Now, should the Knicks land themselves a big man, Ewing would be the ideal candidate. Or maybe he could do something with Cheikh Samb?
But Ewing is looking for a head coaching job, and wouldn't seem to be interested in being an assistant for several more years, which is exactly how long the Knicks would want him to be here.
"...Apologies to Hasheem Thabeet, who I don't believe will have an impact on the NBA -- if at all -- for several years, but there is a simple reason why the art of shot blocking has become almost extinct. Look at Yao. The guy is a polished post player, but it took the tutelage of one Patrick Ewing to get him to be in a position to be a post dominator. Now, if Thabeet falls to the Knicks and Ewing doesn't have an NBA head coaching job, well, pencil Ewing to a seat on the pine next to Mike D'Antoni..."Just a few thoughts, also, on the Tournament.
I like Eric Maynor, and as Alvino noted to me he looks like Marbury a bit, but I was disappointed by his performance against UCLA. Then I realized that Jrue Holiday, once Darren Collison was out with fouls, spent a good portion of the night guarding him.? Holiday is going to be something, although I hope for his sake he stays a year and learns more under Howland.
Yep, it was Jr. in a sweat suit with his I-Pod earphones dangling just hanging around in the Garden.
To me that was a sure sign that Marbury was about to be waived and Jr. would resume his career in the same building as his dad.
Granted, recently, SI has done a great job staying relevant with the Torre book and the A-Roid scandal, and they've recently done a great job putting together a Knicks photo scrapbook.
If you know me you know that my favorite All-Time Knicks were Oak and Ewing, which is odd because I was a guard. Although he was only here a short time, Derek Harper's ability to lead from a defensive standpoint always made me admire him tremendously. He would have been the finals MVP in 1994 had we won, as far as I'm concerned. He'll always be one of my favorites as well. Heck, they change the hand check rules because of him.
"...The Knicks still have the playoff hunt to concern themselves with, not to mention the huge hole at the end of their roster that they tried to address by bringing in dunk star James "Flight" White, Quincy Douby, Demetris Nichols, Joe Crawford, Dontell Jefferson, Cheikh Samb and Othyus Jeffers for tryouts Monday afternoon.Via the NY Post.
The Knicks still want to have another look at Patrick Ewing Jr. before giving anyone a 10-day contract. Filling the roster spot is one pressing matter that might ordinarily require their full attention Tuesday..."
Chris Wilcox, a former Terp like yours truly, for only Malik Rose and pocket lint may be the deal of the year. Imagine Chris Duhon getting to choose between Wilcox and David Lee (who we now officially? know will be here long term) on a perfectly timed pick and roll? We know Wilcox is a finisher. By the way, kudos to those Gym Rats who had Wilcox pegged here; I thought it would be lateral for the Thunder to take Rose and I'm still shocked they did it.
Patrick Ewing Jr. was a big-name acquisition for the Bighorns of the D-League back in December, but he struggled with his shooting early.TKB scouted Jr. in person a month or so ago, and his athleticism, as well as his IQ, stand out. As much as I think he's still a part of the Knicks future, I'm starting to doubt it. But I will still hold out hope.
Things are now starting to pick up for Ewing, with the former Georgetown Hoya averaging 17.9 points and shooting .520 (78-150) from the field in his last 12 games. This is a marked improvement for Ewing, who shot only .344 and averaged 10.5 points in his first six games as a Bighorn. He made his first start of the season on Saturday, scoring 21 points with seven rebounds and five assists in a win over Bakersfield.
TKB is fortunate to have friends everywhere and we were fortunate to have? one of our foot soldiers, whose opinion we really trust, at the game last night in Iowa between the Iowa Energy and the Reno Big Horns. I asked him to specifically pay attention to Courtney Sims (Iowa)? and Patrick Ewing Jr. (Reno)? Finger point to RTN for the analysis.
"...Sims might have just had a bad night, but he was pretty disappointing. He is extremely slow getting up and down the floor. He sort of has an awkward gait and takes a long time to reach full speed. That said, he is very long and has good hands. This allows him to dominate the paint in the D-league, and probably accounts for his stats. As far as the NBA is concerned, I see him as backup center on a halfcourt team at best. I don't think he has the footspeed to succeed in? D'Antoni's system. Maybe he could play a role like Brian Skinner did on Phoenix, but I wasn't all that impressed. Again, I'm basing my analysis on only one game, so take it for what it is.
As far as Patrick is concerned, I was very impressed. This guy absolutely dominated the game, and not by scoring the ball. He was awesome defensively, getting blocks, steals, and boards at will. This was not surprising - he was a far superior athlete to anyone in the building.
It's still a longshot and he's relatively healed from his quad strain. Enough so to be working out with the team. I saw him the other night working with Jeffries before the game. But I think Donnie Walsh looks at the D-League and does his due diligence.
In looking at the D Legue there are a few interesting names, and remember the Bucks snagged Ramon Sessions from there, so there are some diamonds. Remember that if a player is drafted or signed as FA to an NBA franchise, you have a three year contract but you are only allowed 2 years in the D League and then you can be signed by any team. If you are waived, you are fair game, which we discovered after referring to legal counsel Andrew Smith.
"...Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing, none too pleased that his old team -- the New York Knicks -- waived his son, is trying to help find Patrick Ewing Jr. his next team.
"We're looking at Europe or the D-League right now for Junior. We're trying to sort it out," the elder Ewing said before the Magic's game Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
A small forward, Ewing Jr. made a strong bid late in the preseason to make the club but was the last player cut. The Knicks kept former Florida Gators G Anthony Roberson instead.
It appears, based on several reports, that Donnie Walsh has decided to keep Anthony Roberson at the expense of fan favorite Patrick Ewing Jr.
Clearly, this move makes little sense on the surface, based on the performances of the two, Roberson couldn't hit a shot and barely played, but Walsh must feel a 6th guard makes more sense than cutting Jerome James or keeping the project in Ewing.
As I said before, it will be no surprise for Ewing Jr. to make the team, and his performance the other night against the Nets had the Garden buzzing.
The organization, headed by Donnie Walsh, loves this kid and I'm happy the fans get to see why. As I've said before, stats are way too often misleading and when you take a look at Ewing Jr.'s output on paper at Georgetown, he should be in law school somewhere right about now.
But what few people saw, and is becoming clearer day by day, is a kid who was sold on the concept of team ball, by a coach who's father taught Jr's dad to be great.
Ewing regrets leaving the Knicks after 15 years (he played a year with Seattle and a year with Orlando) but appears to have accepted the team's defeats in the 1994 and '99 Finals.
"Looking back at my career, I feel I had a great career," Ewing said. "Naturally, I'm disappointed I didn't win a ring. But I don't think that defines me. What defines me is my whole body of work, from grade school to high school to college, the Olympics, to the pros. I consider myself a winner. There are a lot of people who have won who aren't winners, and a lot of people who haven't won who are winners."
As for leaving New York? "Sometimes, you make decisions, and with hindsight you probably wouldn't have done," Ewing said. "[The Knicks] probably feel the same way. At the time I thought it was time to move on. You get tired of hearing the same thing over and over again, that the team would be better off without you. With hindsight, I should have stayed and finished my career in New York."
Fast forward a few years later and the memory that stands out? was listening to the radio in my dad's Dodge Aries driving home from a soccer game and hearing the news that the Knicks won the NBA lottery. The news was earth shattering, Ewing was a Knick.
What followed was a historic career, and although that elusive championship never came, to me, the Big Fella represented all that was right about being a Knick.
Long story short I get back in the car around 6 and I have 50 missed calls.
"Who died,"? I thought.
Tommy Dee says...Chris is on-point with his closer look of Ewing. Anyone who just looks at his stats at Georgetown solely, is underestimating just how good this kid is. He'd be a terror defensively as he developed, and based on his experience with the Hoyas, would give you very energetic and productive minutes no matter how few.
Chris Alvino says...?As Alan Hahn pointed out this morning, the Knicks might be looking at Patrick Ewing Jr. if he is cut by the Houston Rockets. ?Ewing Jr. was a part of the deal in which Sacramento also sent Ron Artest to the Rockets.? Donnie Walsh showed interest in Ewing before the draft, and even attempted to trade into the 2nd round to pick him.
When analyzing Ewing Jr., his college statistics are not really a good place to start. ?While at Georgetown, Ewing Jr. was overshadowed in a system that featured Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert two seasons ago and Hibbert last season. ?If anyone watched Georgetown last season, they would know that the team thrived with their guard play and the play of Hibbert. ?Ewing Jr. was essentially a role player for that team, and his numbers reflect that. ?Ewing only played about 22 minutes per game last season, which was his second at Georgetown.? However, last season Georgetown was also known for its athleticism and tenacity, two attributes that Ewing Jr. embodies with the best of them.
There is a roster spot, maybe two when they decide on Marbury, yet to bring in Jr. after trading Balkman may anger Balkman fans.
We've said for a while Ewing Jr. has the potential to be a very active role player for a long time.
Happy Birthday to the Big Fella. There are many questions as to whether Ewing is the greatest Knick of all time. That's up for debate. What I can say with complete certainty is that if we had a 36-year-old Ewing on this team RIGHT NOW, we'd be a 40-45 win team. Maybe more.
What does that tell you?
"I've been living with the comparisons all my life -- it comes with the territory -- but I'm doing my own thing," Ewing Jr. said during the NBA Draft Camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports this week. "I'm not a center. I never tried to be a center, and I know what I am."Ewing is an NBA player, and has the potential the perfect role player on a good team, Andrew documented how we at TKB feel about him. Heck if Luke Walton can last this long, so can Ewing.
I understand why people would be sentimental about Ewing coming back to coach with the Knicks, but honestly do we really know how good a coach he is? I have heard he has done wonders with Yao Ming and Dwight Howard, but don't you think that might have something to do with the fact they are very talented? Ewing was more of a finesse center and those two have completely different games. This team is desperate for top of the line coaching and I just don't know if Ewing fits that description. As for the Isiah story, all I could say is: good riddance to bad rubbish.
I know what he did in New York and I know that he's done a good job since he left," D'Antoni said. "He will definitely be considered."It's about time. Bringing Ewing in just may be the only chance to save Eddy Curry, so forget sentimental reasoning, this reunion is logical.
D'Antoni is in the early stages of putting together his staff, which is expected to include his brother, Dan. The status of two of D'Antoni's other assistants from Phoenix, Alvin Gentry and Phil Weber, is uncertain. Both are still under contract with the Suns, which could prevent one or both from joining the Knicks.
The affable agent, Billy Diamond, emailed a few of us New York writers he knows to suggest his guy, Kenny Anderson, would be a good candidate to join the Knicks New York Knicks in some capacity.
Diamond, whose also Charles Oakley's agent, writes, in part, "Kenny is trying to get into the NBA as either an Assistant Coach or Director of Player Development. He has been a Mentor to Stephon Marbury Stephon Marbury since high school. Who better to be a mentor than Kenny who played over a decade in the league in the NYC area. Two months ago, Kenny attended an assistant coaches seminar put on by the NBA and will be coaching/teaching in the Orlando Pre-Draft Camp later this month. Two years ago he was a volunteer assistant coach at St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, near where he lives and this past season he was the head coach of the Atlanta Krunk of the CBA and coaches Steph's brother Zach.''Simply put, Kenny was the best high school player I ever saw. Rumors about a drinking problem ended the kid's career too short. Let's hope he has his life in order, before any hiring takes place.
There are certainly compelling arguments to be had in favor of these players entering the draft, with the two strongest being: 1. There is no shame in a long career in a European league as a worst-case scenario and 2. Money speaks all languages. For many of these players, a paycheck beats the hell out of going to class and making no money (legally, of course).
A couple of years ago I spoke with an NBA scout who explained to me that in the second round, teams are looking for two things:
"There were some gossip items in the tabloids today involving a party that Zach Randolph threw at The Plumm, which is a West Village hangout. Apparently Z-Bo was telling people he doesn't expect to be back with the Knicks next season."Clearly, Donnie Walsh has stated his desire to get under the cap by 2010, so it makes sense that he'll dump Z-bo the first chance he gets.
Frank Isola of the Daily News gives Michael Jordan a point in his apparent ongoing feud with long time rival Isiah Thomas.
?Obviously I played in New York, I know the area, I know the team, I know the fans, I know everybody, I know the media,? the Big Fella said. ?So, naturally, I would have loved to interview.?Also, Hahn has tossed Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy's name into the mix, who's been on shaky ground in La-La Land for a few years now.
"Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy was on shaky ground with owner Donald Sterling earlier this season; if he were available, the New York native definitely would draw interest from Walsh. "Any coach lacking job security that has ever lived in NY please send your resume to 2 Penn Plaza.....Read Alan Hahn's account and Donnie Walsh's reaction to the snub thus far.
Meanwhile, Marc Berman says that Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, who played in Indiana for three years during his NBA career, may factor in the Knicks coaching plan should the Raptors lose in the first round of the playoffs. Mark Jackson is also expected to talk to the Bulls on Wednesday.
It figures Bryan Colangelo may reach out to Mike D'Antoni should the Suns fall to the Spurs, which should happen soon, but Mitchell to the Knicks seems a longshot at best. Jackson to the Bulls is an equal long shot, as the Bulls need an experienced leader to resolved their locker room issues.