Patrick Ewing has agreed to become associate head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, who are owned by former National Basketball Association rival and Olympic teammate Michael Jordan, Yahoo Sports reports.
Ewing, 50, will join the staff of coach Steve Clifford, who was hired by the Bobcats on May 29 after spending the past 13 years as an NBA assistant. Ewing worked with Clifford in both Houston (2003-08) and Orlando (2008-12).
Ewing had interviewed for the Bobcats’ coaching vacancy in 2012 before it went to Mike Dunlap, who was fired in April after going 21-61 in his first season. Charlotte’s 21 wins were the second-fewest in the NBA. Ewing also interviewed for the Detroit Pistons’ coaching job in 2011.
Ewing and Jordan were rivals during their NBA playing careers, meeting in the playoffs six times when Ewing led the New York Knicks and Jordan was with the Chicago Bulls. They also played together on gold medal-winning teams for the U.S. at the Olympics in 1984 and 1992.
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