Here we are in another spring loaded with teams searching for coaches and daily reports of candidates for positions in Chicago, Los Angeles (Clippers), New Jersey, New Orleans and Philadelphia. Along with the usual suspects (Doug Collins, Avery Johnson, Mike Fratello and Jeff Van Gundy) there are the hottest names among assistants around the league, such as Portland's Monty Williams (a former Knick), Boston's Tom Thibodeau (a former Knick assistant), San Antonio's Mike Budenholzer, Houston's Elston Turner and Utah's Tyron Corbin.

What we can't help but notice is a name missing among this list: Patrick Ewing.

How about this: Mark Jackson, the ABC/ESPN analyst who has never served as an assistant coach, has actually turned down an interview opportunity with the 76ers. Ewing, who has been on an NBA bench since 2003, has yet to get a single interview with anyone.

It seems we're writing this story every offseason. Ewing's current team, the Magic, have granted Ewing permission to interview while the team is in the playoffs, according to the Orlando Sentinel. But still no calls. No interest.

When I saw him in April in Orlando, Ewing clearly had it on his mind. As we parted ways, he made it clear he remained in determined pursuit of two elusive goals: winning a championship (with the Magic) and "improving myself to be a head coach one day."

Apparently, he still has more proving to do. Perhaps a ring will help.

Ewing's best opportunity would be with a team that has a young and talented big man and would play an inside-out style. Ewing could certainly help Brook Lopez in New Jersey, but that franchise is looking for a bigger splash (and they've already gone the route of the legendary Knicks center, with Willis Reed). The Clippers have Kaman and Blake Griffin and, quite frankly, are just the kind of franchise to take a chance on someone no one else has even considered.

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Of course most Knicks fans would prefer to see Ewing sitting next to Mike D'Antoni on the home bench  at Madison Square Garden. But as unlikely as it is for the Knicks to make that kind of move, it is doubtful Ewing would want to leave a great situation in Orlando, with Dwight Howard, to be an assistant anywhere else. Even if it is considered home.

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* Interesting report from CBSSports.com's Ken Berger, who discusses how the Nuggets have yet to lock up GM Mark Warkentien, the 2009 NBA Executive of the Year who will be a "free agent" this summer. Warkentien would be a natural fit here in New York to come in under Donnie Walsh and then step in to take over once Walsh decides to retire. And K-Berg says there is also Kevin Pritchard to consider. The Trail Blazers' GM, who has done a terrific job in rebuilding that franchise, could be another name the Knicks strongly consider adding to the front office. Walsh has his own ideas, of course, and they begin with former Warriors GM Chris Mullin, a native New Yorker who has a great eye for talent and would love to work with Walsh in New York.