Patrick Ewing was hired as associate head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, who are owned by former National Basketball Association rival and Olympic teammate Michael Jordan.
Ewing, 50, joins the staff of coach Steve Clifford, who was appointed by the Bobcats on May 29 after spending the past 13 years as an NBA assistant. Ewing worked with Clifford in Houston (2003-08) and Orlando (2008-12).
The Bobcats yesterday also named Bob Beyer, Stephen Silas, Bob Weiss and Mark Price as assistant coaches.
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 Hall of Fame 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.