Patrick Ewing has finally got his head coaching job in the NBA -- though it comes with an "associate" tag in front of it -- courtesy of the Charlotte Bobcats. The Hall of Fame center came to an agreement on Tuesday with the Bobcats to be newly hired Steve Clifford's associate head coach, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
The former standout for the New York Knicks spent eight years as a big man coach split between the Houston Rockets and then with Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic (where Clifford previously worked), but Ewing elected to sit out of coaching last year after being disappointed he wasn't getting any head coaching jobs.
Ewing was most recently personally turned down by Michael Jordan's Bobcats last year in favor of Mike Dunlap and, after that, he decided to turn down a couple of jobs -- most notably a head coaching job in the D-League that would've given him valuable experience at the helm of a team -- in lieu of coaching last year.
His year-long layoff apparently didn't hurt his opportunities this offseason, however, as Wojnarowski reports that Ewing had an offer to join the Sacramento Kings coaching staff as well.