Patrick Ewing reportedly ‘insulted’ by Knicks’ offer to coach D-League team

The Knicks recently extended an offer to Patrick Ewing to become the coach of their D-League team, but Ewing declined. The Hall of Famer has served as an NBA assistant coach over the last eight seasons for four different teams, and a source close to him reportedly says he did not appreciate the offer.

“Patrick has paid his dues,” the source said, according to ESPNNewYork.com. “He was a little insulted.”

Ewing has always wanted to return to New York and said that he would “love to interview” for any job that allows him to return to New York or New Jersey, but the Knicks have passed him up multiple times. They currently have an assistant coaching position open at the NBA level, but Ewing is not believed to be in consideration.

After the Magic fired Stan Van Gundy, they also chose not to bring Ewing back for the 2012-2013 season.

Going from an assistant NBA coaching job to a head coaching job in the D-League isn’t exactly making the jump from the Magic bench to the man in charge at a college like Kentucky. It’s a downward move, so we can understand why Ewing turned it down. We can also understand why he’s insulted that the Knicks would offer him that position but don’t feel he has any value to them as an assistant coach. After eight years, the Knicks’ all-time leading scorer feels he has earned the right to move upward or laterally.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.ortega.142 Steve Ortega

    Why is this guy complaining,when he was a so-so player in college and as a coach he has”nt shown much.Be happy that you heve a job.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J3SYVKD3IEAHDLXNU6CI3L4YGU Concern

    its idiots like steve ortega that makes the world bad by making ignorancant comments like that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J3SYVKD3IEAHDLXNU6CI3L4YGU Concern

     you must have a miserable life.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H75VSPL7YMP4VNE6I7F5RP5C3Y Jim Anderson

    Concern, your the complete idiot.  Mr. Ortega’s comments were right on.  Patrick Ewing is not entitled to anything, he has to prove his skills are worthy of the responsibility, and so far he has not at the Pro or college level.  Go back to your crack pipe and sit by the mailbox waiting for your food stamps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.ortega.142 Steve Ortega

    You must have been a Georgetown fan and you probably think La Queen Jane(la bron james) can walk on water and is better than THE KING KOBE!!

  • vern vern

    Has anyone thought that maybe he just can’t coach? All players don’t have the ability to be a head coach. Remember Magic tried his hand at coaching and was awful. There’s a reason that not one team called on him for the head coaching position. They took Mark Jackson from the commentating booth with NO experience and gave him a job. It seems no one has any confidence in Patrick’s ability. Maybe his assistant coaching jobs were just a courtesy because he’s Patrick Ewing.