Then-New York Knicks president Steve Mills "reached out" to Patrick Ewing during their coaching search in 2018, league sources told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Ewing, who had just finished up his first season as Georgetown coach, was not prepared to leave his position.

Ewing previously stated in 2015 that he would never want a college head-coaching role due to the emphasis on recruiting.

A Georgetown run to the Sweet 16 would improve Ewing's chances of becoming an NBA head coach, according to sources.