Patrick Ewing Wants First Stab At Sinking Ship In New Jersey

Maybe that title is giving the New Jersey Nets a little too much credit. With a 0-17 start to the season, the ship in New Jersey may have already sunk. But now that Lawrence Frank has finally been fired, the Nets have to find a new skipper. Might as well continue with this ship theme, right?

This doesn’t sound like a job people would be clamouring for, but it seems Patrick Ewing is doing just that.

Knicks legend Patrick Ewing, an NBA assistant coach for the past seven seasons, told The Post yesterday he would love to coach the Nets and hopes to be considered whenever they decide to fill the position permanently.

“Of course,” Ewing said after his Magic beat the Knicks, 114-102, at the Garden. “I would be back home. I still live in New Jersey. I just want an opportunity. Yes, I would love to coach the Nets.”

The competition may prove to be stiff for Ewing because according to the Newark Star-Ledger, Rod Thorn is assembling a rather long list of possible candidates.

Yes, The Boss [Thorn] says he is including General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe (“Yeah, I will consider him. Possibly. Yeah.”) in this discussion, and every member of the coaching staff, including [Tom] Barrise. Thorn added that he took two calls Sunday from two unemployed men he is considering. When asked whether one is currently a team broadcaster, he replied, “No.”

But he added that he has no problem bringing in an outsider.

There are some good men out there (Avery Johnson, Dwane Casey, Sam Mitchell, Reggie Theus, P.J. Carlesimo, Eric Musselman, Terry Porter, et al.) who want another crack at it.

With a list full of coaches with head coaching experience, Ewing may again be on the outside looking in.

Ewing eyes Jersey gig (New York Post)

Analysis: Next NJ Nets coach – whoever that is – has a tough job ahead of him (Newark Star-Ledger)

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