Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan told Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing that he didn’t make the cut to be the team’s coach, a league source told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard Wednesday.
The former Knicks center interviewed with Bobcats management, and because Ewing and Jordan are friends, Jordan personally reached out to deliver the news.
According to Yahoo! Sports, which first reported the story, the Bobcats want to see where they end up in the draft lottery Wednesday before they continue the interview process.
Charlotte has a 25 percent chance, the best of any team, to get the first pick in the draft. Kentucky’s Anthony Davis is widely regarded as the No. 1 player available.
Ewing is an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic. Among the names in the mix for the Bobcats are Golden State assistant Mike Malone, former Utah coach Jerry Sloan, ex-Portland coach Nate McMillan and Cleveland assistant Nate Tibbetts.
Charlotte did not bring back Paul Silas after a 7-59 record this season.