Patrick Ewing knows how to help big men live up to their full potential. All-NBA Third Team honoree Al Jefferson is a recent example. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Part of Patrick Ewing’s assistant coaching experience includes over 120 playoff games and one trip to the Finals. He helped develop fellow big man Yao Ming into a dominant center, and led the young Charlotte Hornets summer league team to an impressive performance not too long ago.
This is a hell of a lot more than both Jason Kidd and Derek Fisher have amassed before they become coaches. Even Ewing’s old Knicks teammate Monty Williams became a coach before him with much less experience.
For the third point of contention, I’ll concede that the lumbering offense Patrick Ewing is remembered for both as a Knick and during the Yao Ming-era Rockets, isn’t something anyone should feel comfortable with in 2015. On the other hand, very little positive has been achieved with the Triangle-era Knicks.
Despite what Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher, and even Spike Lee say about the Triangle Offense, all I’ve seen from it is obtuse rotations, a glaring lack of creativity, lots of Melo-ball, and a historic amount of losses.