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Pistons to interview Patrick Ewing

Posted on: June 25, 2011 11:04 am
Edited on: June 25, 2011 7:03 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

The Pistons are still coach-hunting after firing John Kuester a couple weeks ago. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com listed a couple candidates weeks ago that Detroit was targeting -- Kelvin Sampson and Lawrence Frank -- and both of those guys have interviewed. Also in the mix is former Piston Bill Laimbeer and former Hawks coach Mike Woodson will interview sometime next week.

Now, a new darkhorse has emerged. According to NBA.com, Magic assistant Patrick Ewing will get an interview as well.
Ewing, 49, has long desired to be a head coach, and has decried what he viewed as pigeonholing him as a “big man” assistant, a role he has undertaken while an assistant coach in Houston with Yao Ming and in Orlando with Dwight Howard. Ewing has said that he does a lot more than just work with bigs and is ready to run a team. He badly wanted to get a shot with the Knicks, the team for whom he became a superstar after being taken first overall in the 1985 Draft.
Ewing really wants to be a head coach. For whatever reason, he hasn't been able to move past his type-casting as a big man assistant. Clearly, Ewing has done excellent work where he's been -- Houston and Orlando -- with the big men he's worked with. Dwight Howard has been his top project and he has done an incredible job bringing him along in terms of footwork and ball skills.

“It’s disappointing that I haven’t moved to the next step to getting a head coaching job, but all I can do is keep working hard and keep on preparing myself for whenever that opportunity arises,” Ewing told the New York Daily News recently. ”A lot of people try to pigeonhole me into just a big man’s coach and I’m just not a big man’s coach. I’m a coach.”

Maybe it's time for Ewing to get a shot. Eventually, I'm sure he will. If not now with the Pistons, at some point. Sometimes the best way to break through is to get on a staff where a lame duck coach might be ahead of him and be ready to supplant him as an interim. Maybe that's what it will eventually take, but there will be a  job out there for Ewing I'm sure.

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Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:07 am
 

Pistons to interview Patrick Ewing

Has Dumars lost it?

As I lifelong Pistons fan, I will dump this team if they hire Ewing. If anyone deserves a shot to coach this team that's been far from stellar lately, it's Bill Laimbeer.
After fighting many battles with this guy, how could Joe not hire Bill?
At least Bill's won as a coach even if it was the WNBA. I saw one of his former Shock players in an interview say that she didn't think that NBA players could take Bill's mental abuse. Really????? WTF???? Is that how FRAGILE the NBA girls have become????
Maybe that's the truth?

Out of ALL professional sports, the NBA has the most immature, selfish, uneducated, and unpolished athletes. This is not a stat somewhere it's my opinion, but it'd be pretty dang close if a study were done, I'd bet.(Sad but true)
Most of these guys get 1-2 years college playing time, could hardly pass high school and aren't worried about college. Sure not all of them are like that, but's it's pretty apparent which one's are once they show up in the NBA.
Some people don't care, BUT some people do, that's where good coaching and mentoring comes in. Bill Laimbeer sure isn't the kind of guy that's gonna let his players self destruct on or off the court.
Ask his former female players, yeah they hated him at times, but they all still loved and respected him, that's WHY they WON.

Ewing, what's he ever done? Hoy this!




Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 11:17 pm
 

Pistons to interview Patrick Ewing

The missing link on the bench....Great!



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Pistons to interview Patrick Ewing

The Pistons are "targeting" Kelvin Sampson? Somebody tell me this a bad joke or simply an inaccurate report. If this is true, I'm sure Kelvin must have traveled to the Motor City for a face-to-face interview. It's well known that the ex-Indiana, ex-Oklahoma, ex- Washington State head man has been handed a lifetime ban from any phone conversations. He's also been prohibited from having any type of cell phone in his possession and faces additional communication tools penalties if found to have violated these restrictions.
You should hope it's a joke, because Sampson is a joke.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2011 10:22 pm
 

Pistons to interview Patrick Ewing

Ewing, 49, has long desired to be a head coach, and has decried what he viewed as pigeonholing him as a “big man” assistant, a role he has undertaken while an assistant coach in Houston with and in Orlando with . Ewing has said that he does a lot more than just work with bigs and is ready to run a team.  .He badly wanted to get a shot with the , the team for whom he became a superstar after being taken first overall in the 1985 Draft.
Any team that is dumb enough to hire him, deserves him. Ewing has done nothing to earn a head coaching job. There are assistants 100 times more qualified. Guys like Adrian Dantley and Brian Shaw come to mind

Why should the Knicks hire this stiff? They already hired a big doofus who couldn't coach in Herb Williams.


Maybe it's time for Ewing to get a shot. Eventually, I'm sure he will. If not now with the Pistons, at some point.
It's not about time, it's about merit. Mark Jackson didn't merit a shot either having never even been an assistant coach. Just because you played in the NBA and were a star or on a high profile team, that doesn't merit getting one of only 30 jobs in the entire league. You should have to put in your dues and be someone respected for coaching and managing relations.


”A lot of people try to pigeonhole me into just a big man’s coach and I’m just not a big man’s coach. I’m a coach.”
Typical Hoya paranoia. This is another reason why he hasn't gotten a job. If he whines now, what happens when he's under pressure and the wolves are out?


Also in the mix is former Piston Bill Laimbeer and former coach Mike Woodson will interview sometime next week.
Laimbeer deserves the gig. He's a former Piston great and he also coached in the WNBA. That alone is putting in dues, for 10 life-times.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2011 11:51 am
 

Pistons to interview Patrick Ewing

The Pistons are "targeting" Kelvin Sampson? Somebody tell me this a bad joke or simply an inaccurate report. If this is true, I'm sure Kelvin must have traveled to the Motor City for a face-to-face interview. It's well known that the ex-Indiana, ex-Oklahoma, ex- Washington State head man has been handed a lifetime ban from any phone conversations. He's also been prohibited from having any type of cell phone in his possession and faces additional communication tools penalties if found to have violated these restrictions.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2011 9:22 am
 

Pistons to interview Patrick Ewing

Though I think bill Laimbeer would make an excellent coach. He has been a head coach in the WNBA and was a winner with a couple of WNBA championships under his belt. He has no NBA experience, therefore I consider him a rookie head coach with no NBA  experience. He does have a have knowledge of the Piston franchise as he played on a couple of championship teams back in the day. Therefore, I suppose t his would give in a position in the driver’s seat. I can understand that.

Patrick played for the Knicks, never won a championship, however is considered a top player of all time.

If consideration is given to both, I would give the edge to Bill based on the fact that he was a Piston and understand the legend of the team. He might would have a personal desire to attempt to bring the team back to it’s glory days of the bad ole boys.

There could be complications as his boss would be a former team mate and pal. Depending on how mature their relationship determine if there would be friction between the two of them.

Both are very dominate and strong willed individuals. Bill, over the years, have had run ins with his former General Manager of the WNBA team.

If The current GM think there might be friction and would want to avoid these then Patrick would be just as good as any other rookie head coach.

Like anything else in life, one would have to proof himself or be fired as others have been on the past.

“ONE MAN’S OPINION”   





Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 9:15 am
 

Pistons to interview Patrick Ewing

Even though hiring Pat Ewing would be nice,I still feel that the Pistons should just go ahead and hire either Laimbeer or Mahorn as the next head coach. The Pistons brass will already know what to expect from either Laimbeer and Mahorn if hired.....Bad Boy Basketball Baby!!!! Even the new owner would agree to have them on board....he would have 3 parts of the Pistons Bad Boys around in Dumars,Laimbeer,and Mahorn.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2011 7:12 am
 

Pistons to interview Patrick Ewing

Hire Bill and include Ewing as an Assistant.  If something doesn't work out down the road maybe Ewing can step in if some other team doesn't pick hm up.  He is only 49... Hang in there Mr. Ewing, you'll get your shot.



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2011 12:48 am
 

Pistons to interview Patrick Ewing

Little bit skeptical about hiring Patrick Ewing.  Yes he was a great player.  However, great players rarely turnout to be great coaches.  Like another post said, I would rather see Bill Laimbeer.  I know I just contradicted myself, as Bill Laimbeer is a former Piston, but he has a proven track record in the WNBA.  Now it's time to see it translate to the NBA.  Or they could always try to talk Larry Brown out of retirement!



Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 12:26 am
 

Pistons to interview Patrick Ewing

@ eric_l_lewis: I agree with ya. Ewing should get hired as assistant with Knicks(maybe run the defense) and then when Phil comes along in 2012 after Dumbtoni is let go, Ewing can be assistant under him until PJ retires for good. Then, Ewing can be the Knicks head coach!



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