Patrick Ewing hired as Bobcats assistant coach

Patrick Ewing has been hired as assistant coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, various sources said Tuesday, June 11. The retired Hall of Fame center and the team owned by Michael Jordan reportedly reached an agreement recently.

Ewing and Jordan both appeared in the 1996 animated crossover movie “Space Jam.”

According to Yahoo! Sports, the former New York Knicks superstar will join the coaching staff of new Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford, who was an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2012–13 season.

The report describes Ewing and Clifford’s professional and personal ties as “strong.” The tandem is expected to bring out the potentials of a team that was 28–120 in the last two seasons of the NBA.

Patrick Ewing isn’t new to the job. He had worked as assistant coach for the Houston Rockets in 2003-08 and Orlando Magic in 2008-12.