Over time, particularly last season, Ewing's bad habits became more apparent. Not a pure point guard, Ewing turned the ball over at an alarming rate. Despite having a mediocre jump shot at best, Ewing routinely launched ill-advised PUJITs in transition [ed: isn't this redundant, kinda like saying "ATM Machines"?]. As a collegian, Ewing showed a knack for driving to the hole in Duke's open halfcourt scheme, but as a professional he often displayed lousy floor sense in navigating his way through the lane. For a team that regularly needed a jump-start offensively from its reserves, Ewing's defense simply couldn't compensate for an offensive game that became more and more a liability, especially after Shaun Livingston's injury and Sam Cassell's physical deterioration.
The Clippers played Khmiki last preseason, beating them 98-91. In 25 minutes, Ewing scored seven points and racked up three assists, enough to impress Khimki's staff. Khimki's head coach, Kjastusis Kemzura, regarding the signing:
"We wanted to acquire a person who could play a shooting guard as well as a playmaker and Ewing complies with these demands," head coach Kestutis Kemzura told Sport Express.
"Ewing came to Russia the previous autumn and he saw that there is high quality basketball here and everything he needs to work well."
"He dreams of strutting his stuff in Europe to return to NBA and get more playing time than he used to get."
Meanwhile, the Clippers have yet to fill their number 2 point guard vacancy, presumably awaiting word from Brevin Knight. Yesterday, Minnesota agreed to buy out the remainder of Troy Hudson's contract, making him a free agent in a market with a great demand for PGs. Shudder at the thought.