Earlier this summer, Patrick Ewing Jr. took to Twitter to express frustration that his Hall of Fame father was still an assistant coach after 10 seasons. It all happened when Jason Kidd became the Brooklyn Nets' head coach with no prior NBA coaching experience. Well, Ewing Jr. isn't the only one who's confused about Patrick Ewing's situation. On Thursday, former Knicks coach and ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy went on a serious monologue on ESPN New York 98.7 FM radio, saying, "I just don't understand the reluctance by some general managers to view him as a viable candidate." "I'd like for someone to take my word for it. Ewing would be an outstanding head coach, but no one has bitten yet," he said. Asked what is the inside word that works against Ewing, he firmly said, "I don't know." Here's Van Gundy's entire pitch for Ewing: "Name me one other top-50 player who's gone back to being an assistant coach like Ewing has, and done it for this long in preparation for his next career. What I'm saying is, this guy has shown that he is all in; he's committed. He has a very good work ethic and he can communicate to players different than I can. I might point out mistakes and get on guys or whatever, but he can be even more forceful because he's been there.
Jeff Van Gundy makes case for Ewing as coach
ESPN New York | Jul 19