Retired American NBA basketball player
Pat Ewing played for the New York Knicks from the time he was drafted in 1985 until September 2000, when his services were traded to the Seattle Supersonics. During this period, most basketball insiders rated him as the best jump-shooting Center in the … see full wiki
Basketball came naturally to the Knicks’ superstar Center, Patrick Aloysius Ewing. During his High School days, his coach then, Mike Jarvis, predicted that the youngster will be another Bill Russell: but with a better offensive outlook. True, Ewing did not win a single NBA Championship as opposed to Russell’s record-setting eleven, but he did leave an impressive footprint in the league’s terrain.
Meanwhile, it should be acknowledged that the high-flying Center was without question, the most dominant Georgetown University player since Bill Russell. Under his command, this college appeared in three NCAA finals within four years. And with Ewing’s career shots hovering at 62 percent, they clinched the 1984 National title. Looking back further, it is a fact that Patrick Ewing’s Cambridge (Mass.) Rindge & Latin High School team lost only once while Patrick played for them.
His court capabilities, as well as impeccable records at both High School and College, guaranteed his place as the first overall pick during the 1985 draft period. Even as an NBA rookie, Pat had no problems proving his mettle. Home or away, he was always a force to be reckoned with. He gave his body and soul each night; and was deservedly nicknamed “The Warrior”. But that’s not all. The 7’0” 260lbs Center outshined all his peers and won the much-coveted NBA Rookie of the Year award.
Mr. Ewing was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on the 5th day of August 1962. Oh yes! It was around the time when Bill Russell was forcing humble pies down the throats of his many rivals. And a rampaging Wilt Chamberlain flushing down 100 points in a game! But at the aged of eleven, a lanky Patrick arrived in the U.S. He was without any knowledge of basketball. Yet, a new found interest in recreational activities would set him up for the lofty heights. Grounded tutelage by masters like Mike Jarvis (at the Rindge & Latin High) and John Thompson (at the Georgetown Uni) were all he needed to undergo remarkable transformations. His NBA exploits commenced brilliantly. And he was able to sustain the momentum year-after-year: until the very end.
Just like the 1960s fantastic L.A. Lakers court maestro, Elgin Baylor, many pundits regard Patrick Ewing as one of the best players never to have won a championship ring. Indeed, what would have been his championship glory was narrowly thwarted by the formidable Hakeem Olajuwon led Houston Rockets in 1994. But the unrelenting “Warrior” fought the Rockets to a standstill. His Knicks eventually lost in the game seven. And as fate may have it, Achilles tendon injury sidelined Patrick during the 1999 NBA Finals. He watched helplessly as the San Antonio Spurs overran his team.
The fact that Patrick’s career crossed paths with one of the most competitive eras in the league’s history further diminished his chances of winning a championship title. Acknowledged court dinosaurs like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, “Dr. J”, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Karl Malone, and many others ensured that any quest for a championship would be doubly difficult.
But even as the Chicago Bulls basked in victories then, their prime star, Michael Jordan, never forgot the torments he and his teammates received from Patrick Ewing. He once said these about The Warrior: “He has a heart of a champion. When you thought about New York you thought of Patrick Ewing. He came and gave life back into the city.”
Some of Patrick’s major achievements and professional accolades as a basketball player are as follows:
1. NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion (1984)
2. NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1984)
3. College Player of the Year (1985)
4. Adolph Rupp Trophy (1985)
5. 2-time Olympic Champion (1984 and ‘92)
6. First Overall Draft Pick (1985 by the New York Knicks)
7. NBA Rookie of the Year (1986)
8. NBA All-Rookie Team Selection
9. Selected to All NBA First Team (1990)
10. 6-time All NBA Second Team (1988, ’89, ’91, ’92, ’93, and ‘97)
11. 3-time All NBA Defensive Second Team (1988, ’89, and ‘92)
12. 11-time NBA All-Star Selections (1986, ’88-‘97)
Pat Ewing played for the New York Knicks from the time he was drafted in 1985 until September 2000, when his services were traded to the Seattle Supersonics. During this period, most basketball insiders rated him as the best jump-shooting Center in the league. And by the time he retired from the Orlando Magic’s team, his career statistics included a respectable 21 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game: which is only a shade beneath double-double. The average though, is still a double-double.
Retirement as a pro player in 2002 saw Mr. Ewing chosen as an Assistant Coach for the Washington Wizards. His New York Knicks jersey number 33 was officially retired in February 2003. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
What did you think of this review?
Retired American NBA basketball player
An American professional basketball player in the NBA
A former American professional basketball player
A professional basketball player in the NBA.