Ewing Reportedly Interested in Coaching Wizards

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 14, 2009

According to a blog post on the Orlando Sentinel Web site on Friday, former Georgetown star and current Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing would be interested in interviewing for the Wizards' head coaching job after the season.

Citing people close to Ewing, who served as an assistant with the Wizards during the 2002-03 season, Ewing would be "receptive" if President Ernie Grunfeld has interest in interviewing him.

According to the Sentinel, Ewing will not publicly comment about specific jobs that might open after the season out of respect for those interim coaches currently coaching the teams.

The Wizards are not expected to retain interim coach Ed Tapscott, who took over for Eddie Jordan after a 1-10 start to the season.

Grunfeld, who ran the New York Knicks when Ewing starred for the team in the 1990s, has said only that the coaching situation will be evaluated after the season.

Grunfeld has revealed nothing of his intentions and it has been difficult to even compile a list of possible candidates that he may be considering. Prominent former coaches who are currently not working and would be logical candidates include Flip Saunders, Avery Johnson and Sam Mitchell.

-- DIVISION WOES: The Wizards' record against Southeast Division opponents is now 0-14 after last night's game, including 0-4 against both Orlando and Atlanta.

The final opportunities for division wins come at Verizon Center, March 25 against Charlotte and April 4 against Miami.

Up Next: Saturday vs. Sacramento 6 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

Tuesday at Utah 9 p.m. Comcast SportsNet+, WTEM-980

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