Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing moved a step closer to an NBA head coaching job Tuesday, when he joined the Charlotte Bobcats as a member of Steve Clifford's staff, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.
Ewing will serve as the "associate head coach" under Clifford. The two have a strong professional and personal history together.
Bobcats' owner Michael Jordan hasn't been willing to hire his longtime friend as a head coach, and passed over him for Mike Dunlap in 2012. Ewing has previously worked as an assistant for Jeff Van Gundy and Stan Van Gundy.
Clifford replaced Mike Dunlap in late May, after Dunlap was fired after one season for a team that went 21-61 in 2012-'13.
Ewing also interviewed for the Detroit Pistons' coaching job in 2011, but was passed over for Lawrence Frank.
As a player, Ewing spent 14 of his 16 NBA seasons with the New York Knicks. He appeared in 1,183 games and totaled 24,815 points, averaging 21.8 per game. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.