Patrick Ewing is Knicks royalty, an iconic figure in team history as a player.

After years of paying dues as an assistant — Ewing is currently on the Charlotte Hornets staff — he’d like to join his former team as head coach.


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“You know, this is a great fit for me. I have my number up there (in the Madison Square Garden rafters). I still live in the area,” Ewing said (via the New York Daily News). “If I get an opportunity for an interview, I’d be happy.”

Knicks president Phil Jackson reportedly wants interim coach Kurt Rambis in that role for the near future.

The fact Jackson didn’t extend the courtesy of an interview to Ewing in 2014 before hiring Derek Fisher isn’t a good sign for Ewing.

“I’ve been doing this, what, 13 years now? I see people who don’t have the same amount on their resume as I do and still have gotten opportunities,” Ewing told the Daily News.

While it might be painful to watch a player/coach of Ewing’s stature go another year without a head coaching opportunity, the Knicks might not be the best fit under Jackson.

The simplest reason is the Zen Master’s devotion to the Triangle offense and people who have run it.