“Hey JJ, what is it going to take for Patrick Ewing to get a chance to coach?”
It’s very rare that a question will have me flabbergasted without a legitimate answer.
This question fits the bill.
I honestly couldn’t give a logical explanation to why Patrick Ewing was unable to land an NBA or college coaching vacancy.
After all, Patrick Ewing is one of the 50 greatest players in the history of the NBA. He is easily one of the greatest and most dominant college players of all time, so before you even think about the coaching aspect, you’re talking about an unbelievable resume.
Playing career aside, Patrick Ewing has done what every aspiring head coach should look to do.
He has paid his dues and then some.
Ewing has coached in Houston, Orlando and Charlotte, and has been universally praised for the work he has put in with big men on each of those respective teams.
Whether it was Dwight Howard in Orlando or Yao Ming in Houston, Ewing’s tutelage took their game to another level.
But anytime the coaching carousel would swirl, Ewing was on the outside looking in.
The NBA’s loss will be Georgetown University’s gain.
Ewing was named the head coach of his alma mater last week and has a monumental task in front of him.
Much like Chris Mullin at St. John's, Ewing has to put Georgetown back on the college basketball map.
Georgetown, a once-proud power of the Big East, has fallen on hard times. They haven’t made it past the first weekend of the Big Dance in ten years, and they’ve missed the tournament three out of the last four years.
Once again, Georgetown is asking Patrick Ewing to save them.
Critics of the hire mention the recruiting aspect and Ewing’s lack of experience on the recruiting trail, as well as his lack of connections with AAU coaches across Maryland.
I’m not buying that criticism in any way.
If you are a parent, how are you not in awe of seeing Patrick Ewing come into your living room to recruit your boy.
Imagine you are the parent of a 6’10” center, wouldn’t it be wise to have one of the best centers of all time mold your child?
I fully expect Ewing to recruit the area, build the program in his image, and get Georgetown back to where they need to be.
The idea of having Chris Mullin on one bench and Patrick Ewing on the other bench should put a smile on the face of anyone who longs for the days of the classic Big East.
This opportunity is long overdue for Patrick Ewing, but it will be worth the wait.
An opportunity that will even have a true Georgetown hater like this columnist rooting for Patrick to knock it out of the park.
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