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The Charlotte Bobcats will interview Orlando Magic assistant Patrick Ewing for their vacant head-coaching job, Yahoo! Sports reported, citing sources. The Hall of Fame center and New York Knicks great is close friends withCharlotte owner Michael Jordan and the sources saidEwing was a serious candidate for the post.

Charlotte are also reportedly interested in Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan.

The stronger candidates are expected to wait until the May 30 draft lottery before making any decisions on their future, because it is then that they will find out if the Bobcats will win the No. 1 overall pick to takeKentucky’s star center Anthony Davis.

Charlotteannounced last week that coach Paul Silas would not return after a forgettable 7-59 season — the team’s 0.106 winning percentage was the worst in NBA history.

Ewinghas been waiting for years for an opportunity to become a head coach at the NBA level, having spent the past eight seasons as an assistant.

He worked with Yao Ming in Houstonand helped develop Dwight Howard into the NBA’s top center at the Magic, but has said he fears he has been pigeonholed as a big man’s coach.

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