The Charlotte Bobcats would destroy Patrick Ewing's career before it got a chance to really get started.
While it will surely be tempting to Ewing to take any head coaching job he is offered, he should politely refuse, and work towards landing a job on a team that, you know, actually has NBA caliber players on its roster.
And this is a decision that Ewing may soon have to make. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Ewing will interview for the job when the Orlando Magic's season concludes.
Y! Sources: Charlotte will interview Orlando Magic assistant Patrick Ewing for head coaching job. tinyurl.com/7s7ovpc— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 8, 2012
The Bobcats are in need of a coach after firing Paul Silas at the conclusion of turning in the worst winning percentage for a season in the history of the NBA. They were just 7-59.
The interview for this position would likely involve a certain Bobcats owner, and former Ewing adversary, named Michael Jordan.
Faux John Madden tweeted the reality of the situation.
Patrick Ewing is a candidate for Bobcats coaching job, meaning even after retirement.. MJ still finds a way to make Ewing's life miserable— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) May 8, 2012
While this tweet is obviously couched in humor, Ewing should heed its warning because there is a lot of truth there.
Should Ewing accept the Bobcats job if it is offered?
If you combined Phil Jackson, Vince Lombardi and Yoda into one person, he still wouldn't be able to get this Bobcats team on track.
Sure, they are in line for a top flight draft pick, but not even a player like Anthony Davis is enough to turn this into a viable roster, and the brutal reality is that the track record of the Bobcats under Michael Jordan is awful.
He purchased the team in 2010—that was the season following a playoff appearance. They haven't sniffed the postseason since. His Airness has turned his team into a cellar dweller with surgical precision.
They have some horrible contracts on the books (see Tyrus Thomas and DeSagana Diop) for the foreseeable future, and there are few rays of hope.
This team is a complete mess, and no amount of coaching is going to change that.
Patrick Ewing deserves a head coaching job. He deserves one where he has a chance to succeed. That is not in Charlotte. This team would only give him a bad record, and leave him further away from his next coaching job than he is right now.