Patrick Ewing has been an NBA assistant coach since just after his retirement, in 2002. He's learned under a myriad of head coaches, and has worked his way up the chain into an associate head coach position with the Charlotte Hornets.
Now, he wants to take that final step.
"I mean, I've stressed that enough," Ewing said of his desires. "My goal is to be a head coach, one day. Hopefully it will be one day sooner rather than later."
Ewing will be the Hornets head coach for Summer League -- practices for which have already begun. The in-game decisions will be all on Ewing, as will all the other elements of being the team's leader.
"[Hornets head coach Steve] Clifford has told me, 'Look, I'm not giving you any advice, this is all on you, Ewing said. "'Anything comes up, you gotta take care of it.' Travel, all that stuff. I'm the one dealing with Steve Stricker about the traveling and all that stuff, so, it's a good learning experience for me."