In a recent Yahoo! Sports article, Patrick Ewing spoke on why his height could be to blame for his inability to secure a head coaching job in the NBA. "There probably is a big man perception," Ewing claims. "They think that all guards are the best thing. It's a guard-oriented league right now, but it is what it is." Over the last 10 seasons, Ewing developed as an assistant coach for four different teams (Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and now, the Charlotte Bobcats).
Even with that much experience, no one has taken a chance on Ewing. Aside from the two interviews he had with the Detroit Pistons and Bobcats in 2011 and 2012, respectively. As Yahoo! Sports points out, "the NBA's current head coaches consist of 13 former NBA guards, one swingman, three forwards, 13 who never played in the league and zero centers." As of November 2012, the average height of an NBA coach was 6'2". This season, however, with the addition of new coaches, the average height of an NBA coach has increased to nearly 6'5" with some coaches reaching as tall as 6'8". Maybe Ewing's time is coming, but until then, he may have a point.
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