According to ESPN, Patrick Ewing is angry at the Knicks for offering him the head-coaching job of the Erie BayHawks, the team's D-League team. The Hall of Famer has been desperate for a head-coaching job since retiring, but in the NBA. The BayHawks just aren't gonna do it.
One source close to Ewing said the Hall of Famer felt a bit slighted by the Knicks' offer to coach the Erie Bayhawks because he has already established himself in the NBA. "Patrick has paid his dues," the source said. "He was a little insulted."
The Knicks actually have an assistant coaching spot open, but they're not going to give it to him, just as they haven't given him assistant coaching jobs in the past. (Ewing was an assistant with Orlando last year but wasn't retained by the team's new coaching staff.) One can see where the Knicks are coming from here. After all, Ewing has been so openly lustful of the Knicks head-coaching job that hiring him as an assistant just opens up a whole can of worms; any time there's a coaching change — and those tend to happen a lot around here — everyone will just look at Ewing, and the Knicks will have a PR problem on their hands either way. And hey: The Knicks can't look like an organization in chaos, can they? [coughs]
You can make an argument that the Knicks were being pretty nice offering Ewing the position: He is, after all, unemployed. More to the point, though: Is coaching in the D-League so bad? There's a long history of D-League coaches getting the call up to the big show, and in almost every case, it has been the NBA team bringing up loyal organizational soldiers up from the farm team. Sure, Erie isn't the most fun place in the world — though, honestly, we'll take it over Orlando any day — but it gets Ewing back in the organization, it shows he's willing to do what it takes to work with the Knicks long-term, and, oh yeah, he gets to show he can be a head coach, for the first time. Ewing thinks he's paid his dues, but what Ewing thinks about his dues, frankly, is not the Knicks' concern. If Ewing wanted to be a part of the Knicks organization, he would be.
Plus, you never know whom you might end up coaching in the D-League.