New York Knicks icon Patrick Ewing tests positive for coronavirus

Ross Houston
May 23, 2020

In a statement posted to his Twitter account, Ewing was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.

Basketball Hall of Famer and Georgetown men's basketball coach Patrick Ewing said Friday he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Ewing, 57, wanted to share the diagnosis to emphasize the wide-reaching nature of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the statement. Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines.

Ewing, who is now the head coach of Georgetown University's basketball team, released a statement through the elite school confirming his diagnosis. "I'll be fine and get through this".

Ewing, 57, is now "under care and isolated" at a local hospital.

Ewing was hired at Georgetown in 2017 following 14 seasons as an assistant coach for numerous teams in the league.

Ewing did not disclose when he tested positive to the virus, or where he believes he contracted it.

Patrick Ewing was the first overall selection of the 1985 NBA Draft, spending 15 years with the Knicks before retiring after two brief stints with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic from 2000 to 2002.

Ewing also won two gold medals as a member of the USA men's basketball teams at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic games. Since then, he has led the Hoyas to a 49-46 record through three seasons in the new Big East.

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