Ewing’s interview, which was first reported by The Vertical, will come while Ewing’s current employer, the Charlotte Hornets — for whom he works as associate head coach under Steve Clifford — is in town for a game Tuesday night at Verizon Center against the Washington Wizards.
Sources said Ewing, who has spent the past decade-plus as an assistant with multiple NBA teams, serving under both Jeff and Stan Van Gundy in addition to Clifford, has been doing his due diligence about a possible move to the very different world of high-major college basketball. He has considered what style of play he would employ and studied potential fits that would make sense for a coaching staff that would likely be made up of a seasoned group of assistants capable of navigating the maze of AAU programs and high-end high school programs. Ewing has been analyzing everything required to potentially take on the task of rebuilding the Hoyas’ basketball program.
That process has also included discussions with the Thompson family. The elder Thompson became a second father to Ewing while recruiting him to Georgetown and coaching him to three Final Fours in their four seasons together, including the 1984 national championship. The younger Thompson, on the other hand, had Ewing’s son, Patrick Ewing Jr., on his coaching staff before being let go by the Hoyas last month after a 13-year run with the school.
It’s doubtful Ewing would have moved forward with an interview for the job without the blessing of the Thompson clan.
Ewing discussed the possibility of taking over the program in a radio interview with Dan Patrick last month before Thompson was fired, and while Ewing said he would listen, he said at the time he didn’t want to see the coach go anywhere.
“I’m rooting for JTIII,” Ewing said. “I think he’s done an outstanding job there. He’s been there, what, 13 years? He’s going through a tough time right now. I’m hoping they can turn it around. My son is on that staff, but if they call, if something happens and they call, I would listen. But my goal is to be a head coach in the NBA. But I would definitely listen to what they have to say. But, I’m for them.”
Ewing has interviewed for NBA head coaching jobs in the past — most recently with the Sacramento Kings this past offseason — and has long stated he wants to be an NBA head coach. If there’s one job that could change that position, however, it may be the chance to restore Georgetown to glory.