Patrick Ewing taking a job means his son is now out of one.
For the past two seasons, Patrick Ewing Jr. has served as the director of basketball operations at Georgetown. But with the recent hiring of his father as Georgetown’s head basketball coach, the younger Ewing will not be allowed to stay on staff because of a nepotism clause at the university.
“I wish that could be the case,” Ewing told 106.7 The Fan in DC. “They have a nepotism clause and unfortunately they’re going to stand by it.”
“Well we’re going to lobby on your behalf,” one of the show’s hosts said.
“Please do, please do,” Ewing said.
What a kick in the pants.
The university’s clause is pretty rich considering we’re talking about the Georgetown basketball program, which has been coached by someone named John Thompson for 40 of the last 45 years.
To be fair, John Thompson III was never on his father’s staff during the elder Thompson’s 26-season reign at the school. And there was a gap between their two tenures. Craig Esherick held the job from 1999 to 2004 before Thompson III was hired after four seasons at his alma mater, Princeton.
But considering that many have referred to Ewing as Thompson’s “other” son, it does not appear that anyone in Hoya leadership is too concerned about any any appearance of impropriety as long as the program can maintain a tie to the glory days of the ’80s.
Ewing Jr., 32, played at Georgetown for two seasons, including the school’s last Final Four appearance in 2007. He bounced around the D-League for years after being drafted by Sacramento with the 43rd pick in the 2008 draft. His only NBA experience came over seven games and 19 minutes with New Orleans in the 2010-2011 season.