Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing

Infobox NBAretired


width= 200
caption=
position= Center
number= 33, 6
birthdate= birth date and age|mf=yes|1962|8|5
Kingston, Jamaica
deathdate=
debutyear= 1985
finalyear= 2002
draftyear= 1985
draftround= 1
draftpick= 1
college= Georgetown
teams=
*New York Knicks (1985-2000)
*Seattle SuperSonics (2000-2001)
*Orlando Magic (2001-2002)
stat1label= Points
stat1value= 24,815
stat2label= Rebounds
stat2value= 11,607
stat3label= Blocks
stat3value= 2,894
letter= e
bbr= ewingpa01
highlights=
* 11x NBA All-Star (1986, 1988-1997)
* 1x All-NBA First Team Selection (1990)
* 6x All-NBA Second Team Selection (1988-1989, 1991-1993, 1997)
* 3x NBA All-Defensive Second Team Selection (1988-1989, 1992)
* 1986 NBA Rookie of the Year
* 1986 NBA All-Rookie Team
* NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
* 1x NCAA Men's Basketball Champion (1984)
* 1x NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1984)
* 1x Naismith College Player of the Year (1985)
* 1x Adolph Rupp Trophy (1985)
HOF=2008

Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is an American retired Hall of Fame basketball player and current assistant coach for the National Basketball Association's Orlando Magic. 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 was named as the 16th greatest college player of all time by ESPN. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?videoId=3248996&categoryId=3238346 25 Greatest Players in College Basketball: No. 16 Patrick Ewing - ESPN Video ] ] In a 1996 poll celebrating the 50th anniversary of the NBA, Ewing was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time. On April 7, 2008 he was elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on September 5, 2008 along with former NBA coach Pat Riley and former Houston Rockets center, Hakeem Olajuwon.

Biography

Early life

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Ewing excelled at cricket and soccer. He was 11 years old when he arrived in the United States with his family, settling in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He learned to play basketball at Cambridge Rindge and Latin. He went to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C..

College career

Ewing, one of the most highly touted freshmen ever, signed a letter of intent to accept a scholarship to play for Coach John Thompson at Georgetown University. As a freshman during the 1981-1982 season, Ewing became one of the first college players to start and star on the varsity team as a freshman. In the 1982 NCAA final against the University of North Carolina, Ewing was called for goal-tending several times in the first half, setting the tone for the Hoyas and making his presence felt. The Hoyas had a shot at winning the game until Fred Brown threw an infamous bad pass to James Worthy at the tail end of the game. In the 1983-84 season, Ewing and Georgetown took the NCAA title with an 84-75 win over the University of Houston. 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, but the Wildcats shot a record 78.6 percent from the floor (22 for 28) to upset the Hoyas 64-62. 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.

NBA career

In 1985, the NBA instituted the first ever Draft Lottery to prevent teams from deliberately losing games to secure a better chance of obtaining the ultimate prize, Patrick Ewing. The Lottery gave the lowest seeded team more chances of winning the first choice pick. The New York Knicks won the Draft Lottery of 1985, and selected Ewing first overall.

Although injuries marred his first year in the league, he was named NBA Rookie of the Year, 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, winning a second gold medal in 1996. He was also given the honor of being named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.

The Knicks played the defending NBA Champion Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan in the 1992 Eastern Conference semifinals. Ewing was unstoppable in game one, finishing with 34 points, 16 rebounds, and six blocks, and the Knicks defeated the Bulls 94-89. With his team facing elimination, game six is regarded as one of the greatest of Ewing's career. The Knicks trailed 3-games-to-2 in the series and Ewing was limited physically by a bad ankle sprain, [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE0D81E30F934A25756C0A964958260 BASKETBALL; Ewing Feels Good Enough - New York Times ] ] but he helped beat the Bulls by scoring 27 points. NBC Announcer Marv Albert called it a "Willis Reed-type performance" but the Knicks ultimately were eliminated in game 7.

In a 1993 game [ [http://www.basketballreference.com/teams/boxscore.htm?yr=1992&b=19930414&tm=CHA 04/14/1993 NBA Box Score at CHA - basketballreference.com ] ] between the Knicks and the Charlotte Hornets, the 7 ft (2.13 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. [ [http://www.yaleherald.com/archive/xxii/10.4.96/sports/stoelting.html @Herald: The agony of short people ] ] In 1993, it seemed the Knicks were finally on their way to the NBA Finals when they took a 2-0 lead over Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls. Both teams battled well, each winning on its home court. However, the Bulls stunned the Ewing-led Knicks, winning Game 5 of the series in New York after Ewing's teammate, Charles Smith, was repeatedly denied a basket down low by Bull defenders on the game's final possession. The Bulls would go on to win Game 6 and then claim their third straight NBA title. This would be one more season in which Ewing had to deal with no championships, despite the fact that the Knicks had the best regular season record in the Eastern Conference at 60-22.

With Jordan out of the league, 1993-1994 was considered a wide open year in the NBA, and Ewing had declared that 1994 would be the Knicks' year. He was a key contributor to the Knicks' run to the Finals in 1994, 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's Houston Rockets. The Knicks, with Ewing leading them, had to survive a grueling trek through the playoffs simply to reach the Finals. They defeated Scottie Pippen's Bulls in seven games in the 1994 Eastern Conference semi-Finals, and defeated Reggie Miller's Indiana Pacers in the conference finals, which also took seven games to decide. In the Finals, the Knicks stole Game 2 in Houston, but couldn't hold court at home, dropping Game 3 at the Garden. They won the next two games to return to Houston ahead 3-2. However, a great game by John Starks in Game 6 (26 pts) went for naught as Ewing brought out the defensive player of the year that year, Olajuwon, on a high screen meant to free Starks for the last shot of the game but was blocked as Olajuwon didn't follow Ewing thru the screen and instead stepped out to challenge Starks shot. Ewing was denied the championship when Starks then capped off the ignominy of that play by posting one of the poorest shooting performances ever in game 7. It was too much for the Knicks to overcome, and they lost the series. Ewing made the most of his playoff run by setting a record for most blocked shots in a Finals series (only later to be broken by Shaquille O'Neal).

The following year, a potentially game-tying three-foot finger roll attempt by Ewing rimmed out of the basket in the dwindling seconds of game 7, resulting in a loss against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

In the 1997-98 season, Ewing suffered a potentially career-ending wrist injury in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks, but tried to make a return during the playoffs. Ewing missed most of the regular season but returned just in time to see the Knicks, who entered the playoffs as the #7 seed in the East, advance past the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs (and avenge a controversial series defeat in the 1996-97 playoffs). Ewing could not lead the Knicks any further, however, and they fell to the Indiana Pacers in the next round.

The following season, Ewing and the Knicks qualified as the East's #8 seed in a lockout-shortened campaign. Although battling an Achilles tendon injury, Ewing helped lead the Knicks to another victory over the Heat in the first round of the playoffs. They followed that up with a sweep over Atlanta, and defeated the Pacers in the conference finals despite Ewing's injury finally forcing him out of action. The Knicks went on to lose in the finals to the San Antonio Spurs.

In Ewing's final season as a Knick (99-00), the team finished as the #3 seed in the East behind the Pacers and Heat. The team advanced to the conference finals again, defeating the Toronto Raptors and the Heat for a third straight year, but could not defeat the Pacers and fell in 6 games.

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 Knight, 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. Many would later consider the trade a significant part of the Knicks' disintegration from a former NBA powerhouse to perennial loser. After a year with the Sonics and another with the Orlando Magic, he announced his retirement on September 18, 2002. That season, he took a job as an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards.

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 he went to the club and received oral sex twice in the club. Ewing was never charged with any criminal wrongdoing. [ [http://archives.cnn.com/2001/LAW/07/23/gold.club.trial/index.html CNN.com - NBA star Ewing testifies at strip club trial - July 24, 2001 ] ]

On February 28, 2003 Ewing's jersey number 33 was retired in a large ceremony at Madison Square Garden. He continues to be considered one of the greatest players in the Knicks' storied history, as well as one of the greatest in NBA history. Many consider the Knicks' rivalries against the Bulls, Pacers, and Heat - all of which featured Ewing as the centerpiece during his time in New York - as some of the most intense of the decade. In his last year with the Knicks, Ewing had a game winning slam dunk over Alonzo Mourning in game 7 of the second round of the playoffs to lead the Knicks to the Eastern Conference Finals. It was a great finish to the Knicks-Heat rivalry during the Ewing years.

On August 29, 2006, Ewing resigned as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets because he wanted to spend more time with his family.

As an NBA player, Ewing was renowned for his shot-blocking ability, rebounding skills, thunderous dunks, and accurate mid-range jumpshot.

On July 3, 2007, Ewing was one of four assistants hired to serve under first-year Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2924913 Ewing, Malone, Clifford, Beyer hired as Magic coaches] July 3, 2007] for the 2007-08 season.

On April 7, 2008, it was announced that Ewing will be enshrined into the basketball hall of fame as part of the class of 2008.

NBA statistics

In 1999, Ewing became the 10th player in NBA history to record 22,000 points and 10,000 rebounds.

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. [ [http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/e/ewingpa01.html Patrick Ewing Statistics - Basketball-Reference.com ] ]

Other work

Ewing was in the 1996 movie "Space Jam" as himself, one of five NBA players whose talent was stolen (along with Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues). Ewing played the Angel of Death in the film "Exorcist III". Ewing also had a brief appearance in the movie Senseless.

Ewing made cameos as himself in the sitcoms "Spin City", "Herman's Head", "Mad About You" and "Webster".

Personal life

Ewing follows a vegetarian diet. [ [http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5jhGk0GuvUCbHjcjBKJwsnBE-OWrA Brewers slugger Prince Fielder now eating a Field of Greens as a vegetarian] ] After friend and rival NBA center Alonzo Mourning was diagnosed with a kidney ailment in 2000, Patrick Ewing made a promise that he would donate one of his kidneys to Mourning if he ever needed one. [ [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1355/is_25_98/ai_68147572 Patrick Ewing Offers Kidney To Ailing Friend Alonzo Mourning - Brief Article | Jet | Find Articles at BNET.com ] ] In 2003, Ewing was tested for kidney compatibility with Alonzo Mourning but Mourning's cousin was found to be the best match. [ [http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/lopresti/2006-06-10-lopresti-mourning_x.htm USATODAY.com - Donating kidney 'a no-brainer' for Mourning's cousin ] ] Ewing's son, Patrick Ewing, Jr., attended his father's alma mater, Georgetown University after two years at Indiana University. Ewing, Jr. wore the same jersey number that his father wore, #33. He was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the second round with the 43rd pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, but was then traded to the New York Knicks, his father's old team.

Honors

*Rookie of the Year (1986)
*All-NBA First Team (1990)
*All-NBA Second Team (1988, '89, '91, '92, '93, '97)
*NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1988, '89, '92)
*11-time All-Star; One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996)
*2-time Olympic gold medalist (1984, '92)
*NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1984)
*Naismith College Player of the Year in (1985).
*Number 33 Retired for the New York Knicks
*Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2008.

References

External links

* [http://www.nba.com/historical/playerfile/index.html?player=patrick_ewing nba.com/historical/playerfile]
* [http://www.nba.com/playerfile/patrick_ewing/ NBA.com profile]
* [http://www.nba.com/history/players/ewing_bio.html NBA.com Ewing History]
* [http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/e/ewingpa01.html Career stats] at basketball-reference.com
* [http://www.knicksonline.com/history/ewing/index.php Patrick Ewing stats and highlights] at knicksonline.com


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