Patrick Ewing continues to work and wait for an NBA head coaching opportunity

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“I told Michael I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Ewing said.

Jordan, then an executive with the Washington Wizards, offered Ewing a spot as an assistant coach working behind the bench.

“They didn’t have a spot for me, so they created a spot,” Ewing said. “He told me, ‘See if you like it. If you like it we’ll move you to the front of the bench. If you don’t like it we’ll move you to the front office and see if you like that.’”

Ewing said he knew right away coaching was what he wanted to do in his post-playing career.

But the road to get to the top spot has been a struggle as less qualified candidates have been selected for NBA head coaching positions ahead of him.

Ewing said he’s not angry that Jason Kidd, who retired from the NBA and a week later was hired by the Brooklyn Nets as their head coach — with no NBA coaching experience.

“There are guys who haven’t put in as many years as I have, but I’m happy for them,” Ewing said.

The Knicks offered Ewing a head coaching position with their developmental league team, the Erie BayHawks, earlier this offseason but he turned it down.

“I felt it would be a step back,” Ewing said.

The combination of events upset his son, Patrick Ewing Jr., who took to Twitter to express his frustration over his father being passed over.

“I just felt like they never really offered my dad something solid, something that wasn’t a step below what he had been doing,” Ewing Jr. said on Tuesday.

Ewing Jr. said he believes there’s a perception that his father doesn’t fit the mold of a head coach because he played center, and that many believe “bigs” don’t make good coaches.

“Having played 17 years in the league, you can’t be just athletic for that many years,” Ewing Jr. said. “At some point he had to rely on his smarts and not just his athletic ability. So he’s definitely smart. He’s smarter than a lot of people perceive bigs to be. And he’s been around some of the best coaches in the game from Pat Riley to Don Nelson to John Thompson.”

Clifford has no doubts Ewing will get a shot at being an NBA coach.

“He has all of the qualities that would make for a great coach,” Clifford said. “He has a passion for the game, great knowledge and tremendous work ethic. And he has a definitive philosophy on how to play the game.”

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