This one hurts, friends. New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing has tested positive for COVID-19. Georgetown University, where Ewing works as head coach, released a statement via Ewing’s Twitter account.
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. pic.twitter.com/a2fMuhIZyG— Patrick Ewing (@CoachEwing33) May 22, 2020
Ewing is not the first person associated with the Knicks to catch the coronavirus — team owner James Dolan came down with the virus a few weeks, but recovered.
This one cuts deeply for Knicks fans, however. For a certain generation, Ewing is the Knicks. The big man is the franchise leader in games played, total points, total rebounds, and total blocks. Ewing was a 11-time All-Star with the orange and blue, and led the Knicks to the 1994 NBA Finals. A true warrior, he patrolled the MSG paint for years, playing through multiple knee and leg injuries. The franchise has pretty much been in a free-fall since trading Ewing away 20 years ago.
Get well soon, big man. We’re all praying for you.