Charlotte Bobcats Reportedly Hire Patrick Ewing As Associate Head Coach

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2013

Patrick Ewing and Michael Jordan are finally joining forces outside of the Big Screen.

Their pairing comes roughly 20 years too late, but still.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats have hired Ewing to be their associate head coach:

Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing has reached agreement to become the associate head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Charlotte owner Michael Jordan and Ewing appeared together in the 1996 animated cult movie classic. Of greater consequences, Jordan and Ewing were longtime rivals as superstars for the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks.

Ewing will join the coaching staff of new Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford. Ewing and Clifford have a strong professional and personal history together.

Prior to the 2012-13 campaign, Ewing spent eight seasons as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic, stints that came next to Steve Clifford, who is now his boss.

Per Woj, newly-instated Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Malone was after Ewing to join his coaching staff as well, likely intrigued by the help he could provide for the ever-embattled DeMarcus Cousins. The Hall of Fame center is credited with helping refine Dwight Howard's postgame while in Orlando.

Ewing previously interviewed for the head coaching position with the Bobcats back in 2012. The team ultimately went in a different direction, hiring Mike Dunlap, who lasted one season and compiled a 21-61 record.

Before that, Ewing was a candidate to become the head coach of the Detroit Pistons in 2011. Detroit went with the more-established Lawrence Frank, who is now also unemployed.

Leading into the 2013 offseason, nothing changed. Ewing remained determined to land a head coaching job.

“It's just disappointing, but I'm just hoping and waiting somebody gives me a look,” Ewing told's Chris Haynes. “I just need an opportunity. All it takes is one team."

Citing examples such as the Chicago Bulls' Tom Thibodeau who paid their dues as assistants before making the jump to head coach, Ewing's search continued to no avail, leaving him to sign with the Bobcats.

Still seeking control of his own team, Ewing will gain valuable experience as an essential lead assistant. Clifford is a former colleague whom the big man respects and garners the same type of praise from the NBA community as a whole. Next to him, Ewing should gain the true hands-on experience he currently lacks. He might even be able to help Bismack Biyombo along the way.

But before he gets to work, I motion that he and Jordan convene in MJ's office, popcorn in hand, to relive the glory that was Space Jam. I then urge them to script a sequel.

Then Ewing can get back to trying to prove himself while also aiding in what Jordan hopes is the rise of the eventual Hornets.