NBA legend Patrick Ewing made a guest appearance on ESPN’s show about the decline of big men in the NBA. Ewing was one of the best centers back in the day and is now in working as Georgetown’s head coach since 2017. Ewing was one of those old-schools centers that had impeccable post moves, but on top of that, one of his go-to moves was a 15 footer, which he made frequently.
Ewing was asked whether he is worried about the decline of big men playing in the post and not only relying on their shooting. He believes these things go in circles, and at the end of the day, it’s up to the player to decide what aspects of his game he will develop. Ewing brought a good point where this trend might change if a dominant center surfaces, predominantly operating in the post and being successful. That might force teams to think differently, which will force them to change their strategy and the way they develop their big men.
“I’m not worried about it because I think everything goes in circles. At some point, things will change; it will go back the other way. It’s all predicated on that big man. Is he going to follow up everyone else and just be a three-point shooter or is he going to be somebody who is going to use what God has blessed him with and dominate in the post. If you have somebody who has the size, strength, and the skill to dominate inside, I think things will change.”Patrick Ewing, via ESPN
Ewing is convinced most of the centers these days bought to the idea that they need to shot the three-point shot to have a successful NBA career. He mentioned Shaq, Robinson, and Olajuwon as other centers in his era whose mindset was to dominate everyone, especially in the post. Ewing was a decent shooter for a guy of his size, and he thinks he could have developed a three-point shot, but his go-to moves were in the post.
“I think the difference is a lot of bigs have bought into the fact they have to be three-point shooters, and that is what has changed. With my mindset and the one of Hakeem, David, Shaq, we dominated. I could have shot the three, but I know where my bread and butter is. We had guys on my team that could shot the three better than me. So I got it done, I got my three the hard way.”Patrick Ewing, via ESPN