NBA NEWS: Patrick Ewing To Be Named Associate Head Coach For Bobcats

Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing

It’s no secret that Patrick Ewing wants to become an NBA head coach one day. He’s  been pursuing this goal for years and has put in the work as an assistant coach in Houston and Orlando. Ewing hasn’t reached his goal yet, however he appears to be back on track towards one day making it. According to  Adrian Wojonarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Charlotte Bobcats have reportedly reached an agreement with Ewing to join their coaching staff as associate head coach.

Ewing would be joining the coaching staff of new Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford. It seems to be a fit that makes a great deal of sense for Ewing. Clifford and Ewing have a strong professional history together,  and of course the Bobcats are owned by Ewing’s good pal Michael Jordan. Ewing will also get a chance to be the lead assistant coach with Charlotte. It’s not the goal Ewing has in mind, however it’s an ideal situation for him at this point in his coaching career. It could very well open that elusive door for him down the line.

NBA News: Lionel Hollins Out As Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach

Lionel Hollins (Getty Images)

Lionel Hollins (Getty Images)

It appears that the Memphis Grizzlies and Lionel Hollins have decided to agree to disagree and go their separate ways. 

The two sides have decided to part ways due to “philosophical differences”, as reported by Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. The Grizzlies informed Hollins that they will not be renewing his contract which is set to expire June 30th. From all indications it just looks like a situation where a change of scenery is perhaps best for Hollins as the Grizzlies management appears to just be ready to turn the page and bring in a new voice. Letting a head coach walk away who’s had the success Hollins has had in recent years with Memphis has to be something of a head scratcher for the Grizzlies fan base. Hollins coached the Grizzlies to the NBA playoffs in each of the last three seasons, winning 56 games this past season and advancing to the Western Conference Finals. It was the best season in franchise history for the Grizzlies.

All signs are pointing towards Hollins landing on his feet, he’s set to interview with the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets later this week. The Grizzlies could be looking at former Nuggets head coach George Karl, former Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, and top Grizzlies assistant coach David Joerger. Joerger could be the favorite to land the job, he’s well-respected in the executive office of the Grizzlies and could be had at a lower price than Karl or Gentry.

Jason Kidd Pursuing Brooklyn Nets Head Coach Job

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd was known for his spectacular court vision throughout his 19 seasons in the NBA. Kidd is now retired from the game, however he’s set his sights on a very interesting post-game career … coaching. Kidd is pursuing the Brooklyn Nets head coaching vacancy, according to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski.

Kidd spent nearly seven full seasons with the Nets in New Jersey, turning them from laughingstock into a team that went to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. Kidd just announced his retirement a week ago, ending a career during which he made 10 All-Star appearances and led the league in assists 5 times. According to and sources close to the process, Kidd was scheduled to meet with Nets general manager Billy King to just discuss potential employment with the Nets. However, Kidd will be looking to convince King that he’s the man for the head coaching job. The Nets have reportedly added Kidd to their list of coaching candidates.

Kidd doesn’t have any coaching experience, so to hire him most likely means that the Nets would have to assemble a talented and experienced staff of assistant coaches to help him. It would be a unique situation that in my opinion could work. Kidd’s basketball IQ is well-respected around the league. He is good friends with Nets point guard Deron Williams and he’s still well-respected within the Nets organization for his contributions there as a player. This is definitely something worth keeping an eye on to see how it unfolds.

NBA News: Bobcats Reportedly To Hire Lakers Assistant Steve Clifford As Next Head Coach

Steve Clifford (far left) is reportedly the next head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. (image credit: getty)

Steve Clifford (far left) is reportedly the next head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. (image credit: getty)

The Charlotte Bobcats and their team owner Michael Jordan have to get this right eventually. In what’s becoming an annual announcement around this time of year, Charlotte has reportedly hired a new head coach.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Bobcats have a deal in place with Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford to take over as the team’s head coach. Clifford would become the franchise’s fourth head coach since the beginning of the 2010-2011 season. He’d be replacing Mike Dunlap who went 21-61 in his one season with the team.

 Clifford has been on the radar of a handful of teams the last couple of seasons. He’s developed an impressive resume as an assistant coach with stints in Houston with Jeff Van Gundy and Orlando with Stan Van Gundy. He’s reportedly getting a three-year, $6 million contract from Charlotte.

NBA News: Petrie Reportedly Out As Kings GM

It’s out with the old and in with the new these days for the Sacramento Kings. The new owners of the team have informed Geoff Petrie that he will not be returning as general manager and the search for his replacement is underway, reports USA Today.

Petrie had a long tenure in Sacramento that included the team’s succesful stretch of eight straight playoff berths highlighted by a 2002 Western Conference finals appearance. However, the team has been on hard times lately and have gone the last seven seasons without a playoff berth. The NBA owners recently voted to keep the Kings in Sacramento with the team being sold to Indian software magnate Vivek Ranadive. Petrie’s contract is set to expire at the end of June.

I can’t fault Ranadive for wanting to have his own people in place to oversee his investment, that’s just business 101. This is one of those situations where cleaning house is going to play a vital role in how quickly the Kings can turn around the direction of the franchise. They were right to not waste anytime and start right at the top.

According to the report, Ranadive’s short list of potential candidates includes San Antonio Spurs president R.C. Buford, Golden State Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk, and Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace.