Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is giving old friend Patrick Ewing another shot to continue his NBA coaching career.
The Bobcats have reached an agreement in principle with the Hall of Famer to become their associate head coach, according to a source.
The 50-year-old Ewing and Jordan were teammates on the 1992 USA Olympic “Dream Team” that won gold at the Barcelona Games.
Ewing was out of coaching last year after the Magic decided to let go of Stan Van Gundy and overhaul its roster while embarking on a major rebuilding project following the 2011-12 season.
Ewing spent part of last season working as an NBA broadcaster. Before that, he worked for five years as an assistant coach with the Magic alongside Steve Clifford, who was hired as the Bobcats’ head coach last month.
Ewing has nine years of experience as an NBA assistant coach. He’s also worked as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets.
Ewing interviewed for the Bobcats head coaching position in 2012, but Jordan hired Mike Dunlap instead. Ewing also interviewed for the Detroit Pistons head coaching position in 2011, but that job was given to Lawrence Frank.
Ewing, an 11-time All-Star, has said in the past he wants a chance to become a head coach.
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