PATRICK ALOYSIUS EWING (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player and current head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas . . He played most of his career with the NBA 's New York Knicks as their starting center and played briefly with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic .
Ewing played center for Georgetown for four years—where he played
in the NCAA Championship Game three times—and was named as the 16th
greatest college player of all time by
* 1 Biography
* 1.1 Early life * 1.2 College career
* 1.3 NBA career
* 1.3.1 New York Knicks * 1.3.2 After the Knicks
* 2 Awards and honors
* 3 NBA statistics
* 3.1 Regular season * 3.2 Playoffs * 3.3 Career highs
* 4 Coaching career
* 4.1 Other work * 4.2 Endorsements
* 5 Head coaching record * 6 Personal life * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links
Ewing was born in 1962 in
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During his recruitment, Ewing was close to signing a letter of intent with the University of North Carolina . While visiting the campus, he stayed at the Carolina Inn . After witnessing a rally for the Ku Klux Klan (a white supremacist group), he ultimately decided not to sign with UNC and proceeded to consider schools in the Northeast.
Ewing signed a letter of intent to play for Coach John Thompson at
In the 1983–84 season, Ewing led Georgetown to the Big East
championship and a number one seed in the tournament. The Hoyas
advanced to the
Final Four for the third time in school history (and
second time with Ewing) to face Kentucky , a team which had never lost
a national semifinal game and was led by the "Twin Towers," Sam Bowie
Melvin Turpin . Georgetown was able to turn an early 12 point
deficit into a 53-40 win to advance to the National Championship game.
Against the University of Houston , led by
In Ewing's senior year of 1985, Georgetown was ranked number one in
the nation and was heavily favored to beat unranked Villanova in the
title game. The two teams were from the same conference, and
Georgetown had defeated Villanova twice during the regular season. The
Wildcats had come to play, and they shot a record 78.6 percent from
the floor (22 for 28) to upset the
Hoyas 66–64 on April 1 (it turned
out to be April Fools for Georgetown). Ewing was one of the best
college basketball players of his era, as Georgetown reached the
championship game of the NCAA tournament three out of four years. He
was a first-team
All-American . President
New York Knicks
Ewing played 15 seasons (1985 –2000 ) with the New York Knicks .
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We've had the Mikan era, the Russell era, the Kareem era ... now we'll have the Ewing era. — Pat O\'Brien , quoting an unnamed NBA scouting director just before the 1985 NBA Draft lottery.
Ewing was expected to be the top pick in the 1985 NBA draft . The team that selected him would be making history by doing so. From 1966 until 1984, the NBA draft was conducted similarly to the NFL draft , where teams are awarded draft positions based on winning percentage. The difference was that instead of the team with the lowest percentage automatically being awarded the top pick, the NBA held a coin toss between the teams with the worst records in each conference and the winner of the coin toss selected first with the loser automatically picking second. This practice tended to encourage teams to purposely lose games in order to improve their draft position and potentially get into the coin toss. The only way two teams from the same conference could have the first two picks would have been if one of the two aforementioned teams traded their pick to another team (as the Indiana Pacers had done with what eventually became the number-two pick in the previous year's draft).
Beginning with the 1985 draft, the NBA handled matters differently. Every team that qualified for the playoffs received positions based on their winning percentage, and the teams that did not were placed in a lottery . In the first lottery, the NBA did not determine the positions as they do now. In this case, the seven teams that did not qualify for the playoffs were each given an equal chance to get the top pick. Each team had its name and logo put in an envelope, and the envelopes were placed into a hopper and spun to shuffle them. Once done, Commissioner David Stern then drew an envelope from inside to determine who would pick first. In a move that would create controversy for years to come, the envelope Stern drew was the one belonging to the New York Knicks . They drafted Ewing, as expected, beginning a fifteen-year relationship.
Although injuries marred his first year in the league, he was voted NBA Rookie of the Year and named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team after averaging 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game. Soon after he was considered one of the premier centers in the league. Ewing enjoyed a successful career; eleven times named an NBA All-Star , once named to the All-NBA First Team, six times a member of the All-NBA Second Team, and named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team three times. He was a member of the original Dream Team at the 1992 Olympic Games . He was also given the honor of being named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History .
In the 1992 Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Knicks played the
defending NBA Champion Chicago Bulls and
In a 1993 game between the Knicks and the
Charlotte Hornets , the
7'0" (2.14 m) Ewing suffered a moment of embarrassment when guard
Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues , who stands a mere 5'3" (1.60 m), managed to
block his shot. The team looked like it was going to advance to the
NBA Finals when they took a 2–0 lead over
With Jordan out of the league, 1993–94 was considered a wide open
year in the NBA, and Ewing had declared that 1994 would be the Knicks'
year. He was a main contributor to the Knicks\' run to the 1994 NBA
Finals , in which the Knicks—in the finals for the first time since
1973—lost in the final seconds of Games 6 and 7 to Hakeem Olajuwon
The following year, a potential game-tying finger roll by Ewing rimmed out in the dwindling seconds of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, resulting in a loss to the Indiana Pacers . In the 1995–96 season, Ewing and the Knicks were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 5 games by the record-setting Bulls , who won 72 games that year en route to their fourth championship.
In the 1997 playoffs, the Knicks faced the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Ewing was involved in a Game 5 brawl where both teams' benches got involved. The Knicks, who were up 3–1 in the series going into Game 5, lost the next three games and were eliminated.
In the next season, Ewing's career almost came to an end due to an
injury. On December 20, 1997, in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at
The following season, Ewing and the Knicks qualified as the East's
8th seed in a lockout -shortened campaign. Although battling an
In Ewing's final season with the Knicks (1999–2000) , the team finished as the 3rd seed in the East behind the Pacers and Heat. The team advanced to the Conference Finals again, sweeping the Raptors and beating the Heat for the third straight year in 7 games, but could not defeat the Pacers and fell in six games. In his last year with the Knicks, Ewing had a game-winning slam dunk over Alonzo Mourning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to lead the Knicks to the Eastern Conference Finals. During his final season with the Knicks, Ewing played in his 1,000th NBA game , finishing his Knick career with a franchise-record 1,039 games played in a Knick uniform (he is the only player to play 1,000 games with the Knicks).
After The Knicks
In 2000, he left the Knicks as part of a trade to the Seattle
SuperSonics . In the trade, the Knicks sent Ewing to Seattle and Chris
Dudley to Phoenix, and received
Glen Rice ,
Luc Longley , Travis
Vladimir Stepania ,
Lazaro Borrell ,
Vernon Maxwell , two
first-round draft picks (from the
Los Angeles Lakers and Seattle) and
two second-round draft picks from Seattle. After a year with the
Sonics and another with the
Orlando Magic , he announced his
retirement on September 18, 2002. After that season, he took a job as
an assistant coach with the
In 1,183 games over 16 seasons, Ewing averaged 21.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game, and averaged better than a 50% shooting percentage. As of 2014, Ewing was ranked 18th on the NBA scoring list with 24,815 points.
In 2001, Ewing testified in part of the Atlanta's Gold Club prostitution and fraud federal trial. The owner, Thomas Sicignano, testified that he arranged for dancers to have sex with professional athletes. Ewing admitted that he went to the club, where he received oral sex twice. Ewing was never charged with a crime.
Ewing played 1,039 games for the Knicks. On February 28, 2003, his jersey number 33 was retired by the team in a large ceremony at Madison Square Garden .
AWARDS AND HONORS
* Rookie of the Year (1986)
All-NBA First Team
In 1993, he led the NBA with 789 defensive rebounds. He was top ten in field goal percentage 8 times, top ten in rebounds per game as well as total rebounds 8 times, top ten in points, as well as points per game 8 times, and top ten in blocks per game for 13 years.
In 1999, Ewing became the 10th player in NBA history to record 22,000 points and 10,000 rebounds.
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game BOLD Career high
* Led the league
YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1985–86 New York 50 50 35.4 .474 .000 .739 9.0 2.0 1.1 2.1 20.0
1986–87 New York 63 63 35.0 .503 .000 .713 8.8 1.7 1.4 2.3 21.5
1987–88 New York 82 82 31.0 .555 .000 .716 8.2 1.5 1.3 3.0 20.2
1988–89 New York 80 80 36.2 .567 .000 .746 9.3 2.4 1.5 3.5 22.7
1989–90 New York 82 82 38.6 .551 .250 .775 10.9 2.2 1.0 4.0 28.6
1990–91 New York 81 81 38.3 .514 .000 .745 11.2 3.0 1.0 3.2 26.6
1991–92 New York 82 82 38.4 .522 .167 .738 11.2 1.9 1.1 3.0 24.0
1992–93 New York 81 81 37.1 .503 .143 .719 12.1 1.9 0.9 2.0 24.2
1993–94 New York 79 79 37.6 .496 .286 .765 11.2 2.3 1.1 2.7 24.5
1994–95 New York 79 79 37.0 .503 .286 .750 11.0 2.7 0.9 2.0 23.9
1995–96 New York 76 76 36.6 .466 .143 .761 10.6 2.1 0.9 2.4 22.5
1996–97 New York 78 78 37.0 .488 .222 .754 10.7 2.0 0.9 2.4 22.4
1997–98 New York 26 26 32.6 .504 .000 .720 10.2 1.1 0.6 2.2 20.8
1998–99 New York 38 38 34.2 .435 .000 .706 9.9 1.1 0.8 2.6 17.3
1999–00 New York 62 62 34.2 .435 .000 .731 9.7 0.9 0.6 1.4 15.0
2000–01 Seattle 79 79 26.7 .430 .000 .685 7.4 1.2 0.7 1.2 9.6
2001–02 Orlando 65 4 13.9 .444 .000 .701 4.0 0.5 0.3 0.7 6.0
Career 1,183 1,122 34.3 .504 .152 .740 9.8 1.9 1.0 2.5 21.0
All-Star 9 3 21.1 .537 .000 .692 6.7 0.8 1.2 1.8 11.8
YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1988 New York 4 4 38.3 .491 .000 .864 12.8 2.5 1.5 3.3* 18.8
1989 New York 9 9 37.8 .486 – .750 10.0 2.2 1.0 2.0 19.9
1990 New York 10 10 39.5 .521 .500 .823 10.5 3.1 1.3 2.0 29.4
1991 New York 3 3 36.7 .400 – .778 10.0 2.0 0.3 1.7 16.7
1992 New York 12 12 40.2 .456 .000 .740 11.1 2.3 0.6 2.6 22.7
1993 New York 15 15 40.3 .512 1.000 .638 10.9 2.4 1.1 2.1 25.5
1994 New York 25 25 41.3 .437 .364 .740 11.7 2.6 1.3 3.0 21.9
1995 New York 11 11 36.3 .513 .333 .686 9.6 2.5 0.5 2.3 19.0
1996 New York 8 8 41.0 .474 .500 .651 10.6 1.9 0.1 3.1* 21.5
1997 New York 9 9 39.7 .527 .000 .643 10.6 1.9 0.3 2.4 22.6
1998 New York 4 4 33.0 .357 – .593 8.0 1.3 0.8 1.3 14.0
1999 New York 11 11 31.5 .430 – .593 8.7 0.5 0.6 0.7 13.1
2000 New York 14 14 32.9 .418 – .697 9.5 0.4 1.1 1.4 14.6
2002 Orlando 4 0 16.8 .320 .000 .588 5.5 1.0 0.3 1.0 6.5
Career 139 135 37.5 .469 .348 .718 10.3 2.0 0.9 2.2 20.2
STAT HIGH TEAM OPPONENT DATE
Points 52 New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics 000000001990-03-24-0000March 24, 1990
Field Goals Made 22 New York Knicks vs. Charlotte Hornets 000000001990-12-01-0000December 1, 1990
Field Goals Attempted 37 New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs 000000001991-03-26-0000March 26, 1991
Three Point Field Goals Made 1 New York Knicks N/A 19 times
Three Point Field Goals Attempted 3 New York Knicks N/A 2 times
Free throws Made 18 New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers 000000001991-01-10-0000January 10, 1991
Free throw Attempts 23 New York Knicks N/A 2 times
Offensive Rebounds 11 New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks 000000001996-02-20-0000February 20, 1996
Defensive Rebounds 22 New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat 000000001992-12-19-0000December 19, 1992
Total Rebounds 26 New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat 000000001992-12-19-0000December 19, 1992
Assists 11 New York Knicks vs. Charlotte Hornets 000000001996-04-19-0000April 19, 1996
Steals 5 New York Knicks N/A 4 times
Blocks 9 New York Knicks N/A 3 times
Minutes played 54 New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks 000000001991-12-07-0000December 7, 1991
Ewing played his final season (2001–02 ) with the Orlando Magic and became an assistant coach for the team in 2007.
From 2003 through 2006, Ewing was an assistant with the Houston Rockets, before resigning to spend more time with his family. On July 3, 2007, Ewing was one of four assistants hired to serve under first-year Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy for the 2007–08 season .
Ewing was a key factor in the Magic's run to the
2009 NBA Finals ,
where they lost to the
Los Angeles Lakers . He guaranteed a win in
Game 7 of the second round against the defending champion Boston
Celtics . The Magic beat the Celtics 101 to 82 to win the series 4
games to 3. As a result, Ewing saw Magic captain
In 2010, Ewing finally got the opportunity to coach his son Patrick Ewing Jr. in the 2010 summer league. Ewing Jr. played for the Magic.
In 2013, Ewing became an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets ). On November 8, 2013, Ewing would end up coaching for the Bobcats as their interim head coach due to the team's regular head coach Steve Clifford having heart surgery during that time. He would end up losing in his first stint by the score of 101-91 against his former team, the New York Knicks .
On April 3, 2017, Ewing was hired as head coach of his former college team, the Georgetown Hoyas.
Ewing was in the 1996 movie
Ewing made cameos as himself in the sitcoms
Spin City , Herman\'s
Mad About You , and Webster . Most recently, he appeared in a
2009 ad for
He co-wrote In the Paint, a painting how-to book for children.
In 2014, Ewing and sports agent
David Falk announced a $3.3 million
donation to the
John R. Thompson, Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center
under construction at
Ewing's first sneaker endorsement was with Adidas in 1986. In 1991, Next Sports signed a licensing deal to release footwear under Ewing's name in the United States under a new company, Ewing Athletics , which would operate until 1996. In 2012, David Goldberg and his company GPF Footwear LLC successfully teamed up with Patrick to resurrect the old Ewing Athletics line, and bring it back into stores, capitalizing on the current retro trend in the footwear market.
HEAD COACHING RECORD
SEASON TEAM OVERALL CONFERENCE STANDING POSTSEASON
GEORGETOWN ( Big East Conference ) (2017–present)
GEORGETOWN: (–) (–)
National champion Postseason invitational champion Conference regular season champion Conference regular season and conference tournament champion Division regular season champion Division regular season and conference tournament champion Conference tournament champion
During the 1992 Summer Olympics,
After friend and rival NBA center Alonzo Mourning was diagnosed with a kidney ailment in 2000, Ewing promised that he would donate one of his kidneys to Mourning if he ever needed one. In 2003, Ewing was tested for kidney compatibility with Mourning, but Mourning's cousin was found to be the better match.
Patrick Ewing, Jr. , transferred to his father's alma
Ewing has been a resident of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey .
Ewing, in addition to his son, has two daughters named Corey and Randi.
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