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07:32 AM ET 02.05 | For Patrick Ewing, size still matters. Being bigger was better in the NBA for [Ewing] when he dominated the post with dunks and blocks. But he says being bigger could be hurting his chances of landing an NBA head coaching job after years of paying dues. "There probably is a big man perception," Ewing told Yahoo Sports. "They think that all guards are the best thing. It's a guard-oriented league right now, but it is what it is." ... Ewing showed no bitterness toward those landing head coaching jobs with no experience. "[Mark Jackson] has always shown he knew the game. He's a very good coach," said Ewing, who played with Jackson in New York. "J-Kidd got an opportunity to coach and he's shown he can be a very good coach. All it takes is someone to believe in you. One day I'll have the opportunity."

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February 5, 2014  08:53 AM ET

This won't help you. You sound like you're complaining. You probably need to prove that you can coach. It also hurts when you are not a people person.

February 5, 2014  09:05 AM ET
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.....You probably need to prove that you can coach.....

And how does he do that.....if he doesn't get the chance?

February 5, 2014  09:15 AM ET

There Is Some Truth To What You Are Saying, Bro.

February 5, 2014  09:28 AM ET

Bias against big men coaching?



Isn't he deceased?

February 5, 2014  09:49 AM ET

LOL!!!! I guess he has no other choice but to play the "Big man" card as the "race card" obviously doesn't apply to this situation. Reality check Ewing, you haven't proved you're worthy which is why you still aren't a head coach bro.

February 5, 2014  10:03 AM ET

Maybe get into broadcasting instead of assistant coaching. Possibly a show on xm nba radio. Start critiquing all those terrible small ball teams and maybe someone will start listening.

February 5, 2014  10:09 AM ET
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Maybe get into broadcasting instead of assistant coaching. Possibly a show on xm nba radio. Start critiquing all those terrible small ball teams and maybe someone will start listening.

He has already been an assistant coach. He spent several years in Orlando.

February 5, 2014  10:39 AM ET
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And how does he do that.....if he doesn't get the chance?

They saw him as an assistant coach. That's how you show them. Maybe he doesn't do well as an assistant coach that's why he is not given a chance. Has nothing to do w/ height.

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February 5, 2014  10:47 AM ET
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Bias against big men coaching? Isn't he deceased?

Took me a moment but then I got it.

February 5, 2014  10:53 AM ET
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LOL!!!! I guess he has no other choice but to play the "Big man" card as the "race card" obviously doesn't apply to this situation. Reality check Ewing, you haven't proved you're worthy which is why you still aren't a head coach bro.

It seems like he was just answering a question that the writer/reporter asked him.

February 5, 2014  11:06 AM ET

Size doesn't matter. Some have it, and some don't. Ewing should try to resurrect Pete Newell's Big Man Camp. There aren't a lot of true bigs in the game. Of the ones that are, most could benefit from it.

February 5, 2014  11:06 AM ET

Honestly, having seen him in Orlando for a few years it's his demeanor that may be hurting him. He just doen't come across well on TV and may not have the right bearing to be a head coach. I'm not going to say he isn't smart. But he doesn't present well sometimes.

Maybe he just needs an opportunity. *shrugs*

February 5, 2014  11:29 AM ET
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Honestly, having seen him in Orlando for a few years it's his demeanor that may be hurting him. He just doen't come across well on TV and may not have the right bearing to be a head coach. I'm not going to say he isn't smart. But he doesn't present well sometimes.Maybe he just needs an opportunity. *shrugs*

That perception is real. I've seen it in real life and that's what I meant in my post.

February 5, 2014  11:30 AM ET
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Honestly, having seen him in Orlando for a few years it's his demeanor that may be hurting him. He just doen't come across well on TV and may not have the right bearing to be a head coach. I'm not going to say he isn't smart. But he doesn't present well sometimes.Maybe he just needs an opportunity. *shrugs*

Was he coaching the offense or the defense? Were the Magic succesful with his play calling? These are some of the things that will determine whether he is HC material.

February 5, 2014  11:41 AM ET
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Was he coaching the offense or the defense? Were the Magic succesful with his play calling? These are some of the things that will determine whether he is HC material.

Not just the plays. Communication matters big time for a HC, and even with his interviews, Ewing doesn't come out as someone that interacts that well. He doesn't seem to posses skills to motivate and connect with younger players.
Being an assistant HC isn't a shame. Some guys are just cut out for that

February 5, 2014  11:50 AM ET

The best coach ever was a big man (Phil Jackson) so I don't think it has anything to do with being big.

February 5, 2014  01:23 PM ET

Good for you Pat. Take the high road, it can never hurt. Someone with some pull will read the article and think, why not? You positive atitude will help you walk through the door.

 
February 5, 2014  01:39 PM ET

In all earnest with Ewing it's just the looks.. that's one thing he got stripped off. But like many warriors he'll overcome! Go Ewing! Monkey see monkey do...

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