The Sacramento Kings has reached out to Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Patrick Ewing for their vacant head coaching position.
Even though his jersey hangs in the rafters of Madison Square Garden, the Knicks legend has not received a call from the team's front office to fill their head coaching role. Plus, to oppose Ewing's notion about former NBA big men as head coaches in the league, the Kings don't seem too biased against possibly having the former NBA center as their head coach.
Also, with the dismissal of former head coach George Karl on April 14 due to his acrimonious relationship between Kings All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, and the team's front office, hiring Ewing may be a natural fit to help mold the young center who they are looking to build the team's future around. Also, it could potentially help keep the Kings center's erratic behavior under control being under the tutelage of one the best centers to ever play the game. Ewing has a history of developing NBA All-Star centers including Hall of Famer Yao Ming (Houston), Dwight Howard (Houston) and Al Jefferson (Charlotte).
The interview with Sacramento will be the third time that Ewing has interviewed for a head coaching position. In 2011, he met with Charlotte and Detroit for the same jobs.
Sacramento has met with several ex-head coaches and assistants, including Sam Mitchell, Vinny Del Negro, and Mike Woodson. Now that marquee head names like Tom Thibodeau and Luke Walton are officially off the market— after recently accepting head coach jobs with the Timberwolves and Lakers, respectively, last month—Pacers assistant Nate McMillian is expected to meet with Kings for the role as well. Other names like David Blatt, Mark Jackson and Kevin McHale are also on the Kings wish-list of names to screen for the job.
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