Savage: What's Patrick Ewing's Coaching Style?

By Dan Savage
October 19, 2011

ORLANDO -- It’s no secret that Hall-of-Fame center and current Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing would someday like to take on a head coaching position in the NBA.

He’s certainly put in his time, serving as an assistant for Washington (2003-04), Houston (2004-06) and Orlando (2007-present).

But while his playing career is well documented, publicly his coaching style is still relatively unknown.

Although everyone has seen his success as an assistant, helping lead the Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009 and the Eastern Conference Finals in 2010, no one is exactly sure how he would perform as the captain of the ship.

He’s definitely learned from some top notch coaches, including Pat Riley, Jeff Van Gundy and Stan Van Gundy. So, which one of their demeanors would he mirror should he take on a head coaching gig?

“They say great minds borrow wisely,” Ewing explained on Magic Drive Time with Dante Marchitelli. “I had the opportunity to play for a lot of great coaches and also coach under a lot of great coaches. So, I’m going to borrow from each and every one of them and then come up with my own style.”

Listen to the entire interview on Magic Drive Time with Dante Marchitelli below.

Magic Drive Time Chats with Patrick Ewing


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