Since assistant coach Mike Woodson has taken over as interim head coach, the Knicks are 8-1 and have climbed all the way back up to a game over .500. Two nights ago at the Garden after the Knicks took care of the Magic 108-86, former Knick great Patrick Ewing said he would be interested in taking over as the future head coach of the Knicks if the opportunity presented itself.
The thought of it is enticing however it’s tough to even really bring up the topic of a new coach when you have a guy in Mike Woodson who has done an unbelievable job so far as interim head coach. I love the fact that Woodson is very defensive minded, and has done a tremendous job at getting the guys to play more as a team.
I do think bringing in Patrick Ewing as a replacement is at least worth thinking about and I do think he would get an interview, especially when you’re talking about a guy who is only 49 years old and who is one of the Knicks own. Not to mention, Ewing could play a major role with some of the Knick big men in Tyson Chandler, Amare Stoudemire, and even guys like Josh Harrellson and Jarred Jeffries.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. The Knicks still need to wait and see how the rest of the season goes under Woodson, and if it’s anything like the start of it, they may not even need a replacement. The Knicks have 15 more regular season games to be played and are 2.5 games up on the Bucks for the 8th and final seed in the playoffs. I would say a lot of what happens in the playoffs for the Knicks will determine the route they want to take.
I think every Knicks fan has a place in their heart for Patrick Ewing. He has his number retired as a Knick and as a fan, you had to appreciate the way he played the game and the example he set on the floor. I myself see some big positives out of bringing in Patrick Ewing to be the next coach of the Knicks, but for right now they are just going to have to wait. Mike Woodson has done a brilliant job so far with this team and depending on how well the Knicks do in the upcoming weeks, the Ewing talk may start to die down. However, if the Knicks somehow don’t make the playoffs, or they make them but don’t have a strong showing, then I think Ewing should at least get some consideration.
– Jeremy Lin will be out tonight against Atlanta. It sounds like he may not play until the middle of next week. Will Mike Woodson finally start playing Toney Douglas over Mike Bibby?
– Jared Jeffries continues to be out with a knee injury. He is expected back towards the end of the next week as well.
– Amare? They’ll be lucky to get him back for the playoffs.