REPORT: Patrick Ewing rejected Knicks’ coaching interest in 2018
Ewing didn’t even interview for the job, as he was fully committed to his post at Georgetown. The Knicks hired David Fizdale, only to fire him after 104 games.
Some New York fans want new president of basketball operations Leon Rose to consider hiring Ewing as the team’s next head coach. However, as Berman reports, it’s not likely since the Hall of Famer turned down the opportunity just two years ago.
If Steve Mills were still president, Patrick Ewing definitely would be a top target. According to an NBA source, Mills reached out to Ewing during the last coaching search in 2018.
But Ewing had just finished his rookie season at Georgetown and was not ready to leave yet, according to two sources familiar with the situation. Hence, Ewing wasn’t one of the 11 coaches Mills interviewed.
The Knicks are expected to interview Tom Thibodeau, Kenny Atkinson and Mike Miller for their head coaching vacancy. Miller took over for Fizdale and has a lot of fans in the front office even though most pundits think Thibodeau is the top candidate for the job.
New York hasn’t made the playoffs or had a winning record since the 2012-13 season. Fans of the team are praying Rose can save the franchise since he was an excellent agent at CAA.
However, there’s no guarantee Rose is going to turn out like Bob Myers of the Golden State Warriors and lead the Knicks to the promised land. Only time will tell how the former super-agent handles the pressure of the Big Apple.