Patrick Ewing Reveals Michael Jordan Wanted to Hire Him for Washington Wizards

Published 03/17/2021, 1:11 PM EDT
DETROIT – APRIL 06: Michael Jordan is announced as a member of the 2009 Hall-of-Fame class at halftime of the Michigan State Spartans and the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


As much as Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing were rivals in the NBA, the pair shared a thick bond of friendship off the court. They were two of the best players in their era, and there was always mutual respect between each other. Moreover, it was Jordan who stimulate the idea into Ewing’s mind that he should become a coach after retirement! 

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Patrick Ewing dominated NCAA Basketball with the Georgetown Hoyas before entering the NBA. Ewing and the Hoyas were utterly dominant during a particular period, and the Hall of Famer then returned to Georgetown and took up the head coaching position in 2017. 

Mar 12, 2021; New York, NY, USA; Georgetown Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing coaches during the first half against the Seton Hall Pirates at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Ewing credits Michael Jordan for making him develop an interest in coaching

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This indeed is surprising. Although Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing are friends, not many would’ve expected to find out that it was MJ who pushed Ewing to take a shot at coaching. In fact, Jordan wanted Ewing to coach the Washington Wizards when he was a player/front office member. 

Apparently, when Ewing was done with his NBA playing career, he blanked out about his future. That’s when Jordan stepped in and offered a life-changing idea: 

“Why don’t you come work for me here with the Wizards,” Ewing recalled Jordan telling him. “I’ll start you off here as a coach. If you like that, we’ll let you be a coach. If not, I’ll move you to the front office.”

DATE: 10/20/01 PHOTO BY : JOEL RICHARDSON DIG MICHAEL JORDAN AND THE WIZARDS HOST NEW JERSEY NETS (Photo by The The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Unfortunately, Patrick Ewing wasn’t too keen about taking that coaching job in 2002. However, things would’ve been different had he become the head coach of the Washington Wizards. Imagine Jordan playing under Ewing’s coaching! 

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That’s just a mere speculation, but here’s the reality. Patrick Ewing is gaining massive strides as the head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas. The Hoyas won the Big East tournament last week and Ewing is set to take part in his first NCAA Tournament as a head coach. 

Ewing’s Georgetown team is ranked #12 in the East Region and will take on #5 Colorado Buffaloes in the first round of March Madness. There are massive expectations on the Hoyas, but will they be fulfilled? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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