Knicks Legend, Georgetown HC Patrick Ewing Announces Positive COVID-19 Test

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMay 22, 2020

Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing gestures during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Washington. Villanova won 70-69. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Former New York Knicks great and current Georgetown men's basketball head coach Patrick Ewing announced Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19:

Patrick Ewing @CoachEwing33

I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. https://t.co/a2fMuhIZyG

Ewing, 57, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 after a decorated basketball career that included a national championship with Georgetown, two NBA Finals appearances with the Knicks, 11 All-Star Game appearances and a gold medal with the 1992 United States Olympic men's basketball team.

After his playing days ended in 2002, Ewing served the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic as an assistant coach until 2017, when he became Georgetown's head coach.

Ewing's history at Georgetown dates back to 1981, when he stepped foot on campus as a freshman. He averaged 15.3 points and 9.2 rebounds during his four seasons with the Hoyas, who reached the NCAA tournament finals in three of those campaigns, winning once in 1984 over Houston.

The Knicks took the three-time All-American and 1985 National College Player of the Year with the first overall selection in the 1985 NBA draft. Ewing led the Knicks to the playoffs in all but two of his seasons in New York, with his tenure there ending in 2000.

Per Scott Gleeson of USA Today, Ewing is among many current and former athletes and coaches who have tested positive for COVID-19, including Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Knicks owner James Dolan and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

As of Friday afternoon, the World Health Organization reported that over 4.99 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 worldwide and that over 327,800 people have died.