Patrick Ewing In The Mix For The Charlotte Bobcats Head Coaching Vacancy

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 18: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic talks with coach Patrick Ewing during a preseason game against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena on December 18, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Ewing was a finalist for the same position in 2010 before the Bobcats hired Paul Silas.

This shouldn't exactly come as a surprise. Orlando Magic assistant coach and Hall-of-Fame center Patrick Ewing is rumored to be a candidate for the Charlotte Bobcats' head coaching vacancy, according to Orlando Sentinel.

Yesterday, the Bobcats, who won just seven games this year, announced that Paul Silas would not return as the team's coach next season, and instead, would be assigned to a consulting role.

Coming off the worst season in NBA history, owner Michael Jordan is looking to give the franchise a jolt and find someone who can coach former Kentucky center Anthony Davis -- you know, should Charlotte win the draft lottery and grab the No. 1 overall pick in June's NBA Draft.

The Sentinel reports that Ewing is among a number of targets:

Ewing, who is close friends with Jordan, is among the potential candidates whose name has been linked to the job. Former Trailblazers coach Nate McMillan, who previously worked with Cho in Portland; former New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni; Indiana Pacers assistant coach and former Magic player Brian Shaw; Magic assistant coach Steve Clifford; and Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone and former Warriors and Kingshead coach Eric Musselman have all been mentioned in connection with the Bobcats job opening.

Ewing was reportedly nearly hired by the Bobcats in 2010 before they ended up going with Silas.

For more on the Magic, visit Orlando Pinstriped Post. For more on the NBA, visit SB Nation's NBA Hub.

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