Former New York Knicks center and NBA great Patrick Ewing said he would welcome the offer of interviewing for the team’s head coaching vacancy.
“I have my number up there [in the Garden rafters]. I still live in the area,” Ewing said Wednesday night. “If I get an opportunity for an interview, I’d be happy.”
Ewing, who is currently the lead assistant for the Charlotte Hornets, voiced frustration in not having his name looked at for past head-coaching spots. And while he has been an assistant for four teams over the last 13 years, Ewing could finally get his big break.
“I see people who don’t have the same amount on their résumé as I do and still have gotten opportunities,” he added. “It is what it is. All I can do is continue to work…hopefully one day somebody will give me an opportunity and I’ll show that I’m ready.”
In 2012, Ewing turned down an opportunity to coach the Knicks D-League team. He only had one head-coaching interview before that.
But the chance of Ewing becoming the team’s next head coach is bleak, as multiple reports have suggested that the Knicks are leaning towards keeping current interim coach Kurt Rambis as their full-time coach.
Rambis is 8-17 since taking over for former head coach Derek Fisher in February