Patrick Ewing Hugs It Out With John Thompson

Patrick Ewing Hugs It Out With John Thompson

On Wednesday afternoon, Ewing stood composed and assertive during his introduction as the new Georgetown men's basketball coach.

If Donald Trump was the head coach of Georgetown basketball, he wouldn't be able to hire his daughter, or son-in-law.

The former star who helped lead Georgetown to three national title game appearances will get to understand just how much recruiting is the lifeblood of a successful program.

Ewing shared his thoughts on taking the job in a statement released by the university.

"And going back to Georgetown, I'm going to have to cheer for them, even though they're in the same conference as Marquette".

Over the past 15 years, as Ewing became the Legend Who Couldn't Get A Job, media probed for insight into whether Ewing felt slighted and speculated about why he was never more than a head coaching candidate.

Thompson III went 278-151 in 13 seasons as coach of the Hoyas.

Since then, Ewing has served on the staff of both Van Gundy brothers, first with Jeff in Houston from 2003-06 and then Stan in Orlando from 2007-12.

"Of all the players that have gone from superstardom to putting in the time and paying their dues to becoming a head coach, Patrick deserves this probably more than any player ever", said Miami Heat President Pat Riley, who coached Ewing with the Knicks. I worked for and with some very established coaches, great coaches.

Patrick Ewing in 1981 announcing he would attend Georgetown. "He has come home".

Ewing is widely considered the greatest basketball player in Georgetown's history.

The Hoyas were just 29-36 over the past two years, prompting the school's fan and alumni base to advocate for a change.

The last traditional big man to land a head coaching gig in the association was Kevin McHale with the Houston Rockets before being fired in the middle of the season previous year. This was a pattern established early in his career-under then-Georgetown coach John Thompson in fact, whose "Hoya Paranoia" consisted primarily of his players not speaking to anyone who wasn't in their inner circle.

Although Ewing dreamed aloud about developing a physical and feared program again, he expressed the most interest in having teams that possess the skill and versatility that the National Basketball Association now features. Sometimes they're even brought in as a special assistant coach (Abdul-Jabbar with the Lakers). Yet Ewing didn't shy away from stating he felt last year's 14-18 team "underachieved". He got that in assistant Matt Abdelmassih.

Figger worked for Gamecocks coach Frank Martin at Kansas State before following him to SC in 2012.

ARKANSAS HIRES WOMEN'S COACH: Washington's Mike Neighbors has been hired as the new women's basketball coach at Arkansas. He replaces Jimmy Dykes, who resigned last month after three seasons.

Last offseason, Ewing was openly lobbying for the head coaching job in NY before team president Phil Jackson eventually went with Jeff Hornacek. "That's my job. To get these great players to try to stay home".

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