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'Hallelujah!' ... Doc Rivers Thrilled That Ewing Gets Georgetown Gig

'Hallelujah!' ... Doc Rivers Thrilled That Ewing Gets Georgetown Gig

Rivers and Ewing played two-plus seasons together in NY, including a run to the Eastern Conference finals in 1993 before losing to the Bulls. And he wanted a chance to show that his work ethic as a coach, just like his work ethic as a player, would lead him to success.

During his introductory press conference inside the Thompson Athletic Center, the 144,000 on-campus practice facility still sporting that new auto smell, the longtime National Basketball Association assistant stated he was intimidated by becoming a first-time head coach on any level. (The only other serious contender for that crown is Allen Iverson.) Ewing led the Hoyas to the 1984 national championship, won several national player of the year awards in 1985, and then went on to become a superstar in the NBA.

"Had a few down years, and they chose to make change", the Knicks great said.

"It's a new era now", Ewing said.

He's not intimidated by the stark reality that his Hoyas likely won't be good again next season.

He's not intimidated with the 24/7, 365, cutthroat aspects of recruiting even though one of the last times he dealt with the process was his own as the nation's top prep player in 1981. Now he'll get it, and he will do so at the place where he made his name playing under the elder John Thompson while forging one of college basketball's greatest careers.

"All about going out and selling your program", Ewing called it, "and I think that I'm a great salesman". "I think a lot of people are going to want to help him too".

It is undoubtedly a big swing by Georgetown, hiring someone with no head coaching experience to spearhead a significant rebuilding process. I'm thrilled that all of Patrick's hard work has paid off and he has earned the opportunity to be Georgetown's Head Coach. I've been doing this, what, 13 years now?

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Some coaches can be great teachers, great motivators and/or great strategists and still be better suited to be an assistant than a head coach. They all recruit non-stop.

Minnesota Timberwolves coach and president Tom Thibodeau, who was an assistant with the Knicks while Ewing was a player there, said he was disappointed Ewing had to wait this long and added that "he's a guy who deserved one a long time ago and should've gotten one a long time ago". "He reported to me".

He's not intimidated about speaking his mind.

He was asked if Ewing Jr. would remain with the team.

With the Hoyas, he replaces John Thompson III, who was sacked after consecutive losing seasons. Yet Ewing didn't shy away from stating he felt last year's 14-18 team "underachieved". Both schools are in the Big East Conference.

In the coming days, we should learn specifics about the assistant coaching staff.

"But, you know what?"

"My four years at Georgetown were the best of my life", Ewing said in a statement issued by the school. For the moment, that's enough. As awesome as that duo was in the 1970s, they have both agreed the greatest Knick of all-time is none other than Patrick Ewing.

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