Patrick Ewing has been yearning for an National Basketball Association head coaching job for quite sometime.
But now, news confirmed by ESPN that NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing is returning to Georgetown three decades after he began his rise to stardom has lit up the web - and with good reason.
The greatest player ever to don Blue and Grey, Ewing takes over a 14-18 team from a year ago, one that finished ninth (6-13) in the ten team BIG EAST.
He was an NBA All-Star 11 times and won a second Olympic gold medal as a member of the first Dream Team in 1992. He has been the associate coach for the Charlotte Hornets since 2013 and was widely expected to eventually become a head coach in the National Basketball Association.
Ewing formerly played for the Hoyas from 1981-1985 under then-Head Coach John Thompson, Jr.
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From the moment Georgetown made the decision to cut ties with John Robinson III, there was one coaching candidate that appeared to tower over many other possibilities. According to Jeff Goodman, before settling on Ewing, the Hoya athletic department unsuccessfully attempted to lure several big-name coaches-Notre Dame's Mike Brey, Harvard's Tommy Amaker, and Xavier's Chris Mack, per an industry source-to fill the position after employing the services of search firm Korn Ferry. "He'll bring to us a level of preparation as a head coach that will be very, very important".
If finalized, Ewing's hire would send ripples across the Big East Conference recruiting landscape.
Casual Hoya was the first to break the news of Georgetown hiring Ewing. "Everyone knows how much his alma mater means to him". Ewing is one of four players in school history with 2,000 career points.
Ewing inherits a roster of jerks and will be asked to turn those jerks into a rag-tag team of even bigger jerks that will eventually lose to Elon in hilarious fashion.
Patrick Ewing of the Charlotte Hornets stands for a moment of silence for the National Anthem before the game against the New York Knicks on January 27, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. "I think he's done an outstanding job there", Ewing said. "He has come home".