New York Knicks: Patrick Ewing elected to Hall of Fame

Michael VenningCorrespondent IApril 7, 2008

Coach Pat Riley, broadcaster Dick Vitale, and players Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing have been elected to basketball's Hall of Fame.

The New York Knicks hero, Patrick Ewing, is getting elected in his first year of eligibility. 

He made the finals twice, but was unable to play in the 1999 finals due to injury, and he almost won one in an epic seven game struggle in 1994 against Houston Rockets player, Hakeem Olajuwon.

He is the all-time leading scorer for the fabled Knicks, 11-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year for 1986, and a two time Olympic gold medalist. 

Let's not mention, the six 2nd team All-NBA teams with one first team honor thrown in, and then the incredible honor of being One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Olajuwon and Ewing both played in three Final Fours, with Ewing’s Georgetown team beating Olajuwon’s Houston squad for the 1984 national championship.

Olajuwon got his revenge as a pro by leading the Houston Rockets to their first of two straight titles with a seven game victory over Ewing’s New York Knicks in the 1994 NBA finals—a team coached by Riley.

This is a great class to be elected with for Ewing. 

He respected Olajuwon on and off the court, and Pat Riley was instrumental in making Ewing one of the greatest centers of all time.

Congratulations Patrick!