Patrick Ewing coaching debut was a successful one. As his Georgetown Hoya team defeated the Jacksonville Dolphins 73-57 at the Capital One Arena today.
After waiting years for a head coaching job in the NBA. Ewing’s alumni were the ones who gave him the opportunity to take over for their recently fired head coach John Thompson III.
Ewing played for the Hoyas from 1981-1985. Where he became a three-time first team All American. College National Player of the year and NCAA Champion (the only one the schools has).
Afterwards, Ewing was selected as the number one overall pick (by the New York Knicks) in the 1985 NBA draft. He played 17 years in the NBA for teams like the New York Knicks, Seattle Supersonics, and Orlando Magic, before retiring.
After his playing career was over. Ewing immediately went into coaching and took on the role as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets.
After being an assistant coach from 2002- 2017. Ewing had to watch other former NBA players like – Mark Jackson, Jason Kidd, Derek Fisher, Steve Kerr, Brian Shaw and Luke Walton all get a head coaching jobs ahead of him. So the Georgetown hiring has to be a good consolation prize for Patrick Ewing.
Never the less the expectations will be high for Ewing in Georgetown. As the school just let go a coach (John Thompson III) who led the team to seven NCAA appearances in his 13 season there.
Patrick Ewing told his former coach, Jeff Van Gundy, that he was nervous before the game. He went on to say that ” As a player, I never really got nervous. But as a coach, I got nervous. The difference is that. As a coach, I’m counting on my players. Whereas a player, I’m counting on myself.