Hall of Fame New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing, who is now an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, did not get one interview for one of the NBA’s several head-coaching vacancies this offseason. Not a single one. It’s confusing to many that coaches with less experience, and less illustrious careers have been hired as head coaches before Patrick Ewing. Not only is Patrick Ewing a Hall of Famer because of his great NBA career, but he also has 10 seasons of assistant coach experience under his belt as well.
So what gives?
Just last month, Ewing’s son took to twitter expressing his frustration because Jason Kidd, just recently retired (and with no coaching experience), got hired as the Brooklyn Nets‘ head coach. Now we have former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy chiming in, confused with the whole situation.
“I’d like for someone to take my word for it. Ewing would be an outstanding head coach, but no one has bitten yet.” No. No one has bitten for over 10 years. Strange, right?
But it seems that not many big men get head coaching opportunities. Compared to the smaller guys (former guards in the league), the big guys barely get any looks. Maybe it’s because former guards are used to running the show on the floor and organizations feel it’s a natural fit for them to be head coaches? But some big men are capabale of running the show too, they’re capable of being leaders—especially in the 90s when Ewing was playing, when he was the leader of the Knicks.
So why, in all these years, hasn’t the Hall of Famer (who has coaching experience) been offered a head-coaching job?