Originally posted on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 6/11/13
During the 1990s, Patrick Ewing was rendered all but helpless while watching Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls march through his New York Knicks on their way to NBA Finals glory. For four of Jordan's six championships, the road ran through NYC and the paint Ewing protected. Now, the two '90s stars (and fellow Space Jam actors) while reunite to try and do it together this time with the Charlotte Bobcats organization: Jordan as the owner; Ewing as a coach. According to Yahoo! Sports, Ewing has agreed to become Charlotte's associated head coach, working alongside new head coach Steve Clifford. A formal announcement is expected later this week. Clifford and Ewing reportedly have strong ties both on and off the court -- recall: the two worked together on Stan Van Gundy's staff in Orlando before Clifford accompanied Dwight Howard to Los Angeles last season -- so the transition will likely be smooth. Clifford and Ewing also worked together on Jeff Van Gundy's Houston staff for four seasons. Of course, the Jordan-Ewing public dynamic goes back even farther. Not only did Jordan's North Carolina Tar Heels defeat Ewing's Georgetown Hoyas for the 1982 national title, but the two were members of the famed "Dream Team" at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and were both represented by the same player agent, David Falk. Ewing took the year off from coaching last season after failing to land the open Bobcats head coaching position last season (he was bypassed in favor of St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap, who was promptly fired after one season). The NBA Hall of Famer also drew interest from the Sacramento Kings this offseason. A former All-NBA center himself, Ewing has worked with the likes of big men Howard and Yao Ming during his coaching career, a noted weakness on the Bobcats roster: post players Bismack Biyombo (No. 7 overall pick in the 2011 draft), Brendan Haywood, Josh McRoberts and DeSagna Diop combined to score just 18.3 points per game last season. Ewing averaged 21 points over the course of 17 NBA seasons -- not that he'll be taking the court, but surely he can provide a few pointers in that area. Since Jordan took over the franchise in 2010, the Bobcats are 106-206 -- far below their Hall of Fame owner's expectations. With the arrival of Ewing and an impending change back to their original Hornets nickname, the Charlotte franchise is beginning to feel a bit nostalgic ... except for the fact that the Jordan-Ewing rivalry has flipped the script. The two will now work toward a common goal and, as long as nobody's powers are stolen in the process, that should help the Charlotte franchise continue to improve.
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