New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing tests positive for coronavirus

Patrick Ewing has been head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas since 2017

NBA legend and Georgetown University basketball coach Patrick Ewing was hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus, the school announced Friday.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Patrick Aloysius Ewing played 17 seasons for three teams in the National Basketball Association - 15 of those for the New York Knicks, with whom he went to the finals twice, losing in 1994 to the Houston Rockets and 1998 to the San Antonio Spurs.

In Ewing's post that includes a statement from the Hoyas, it was noted that the retired NBA Hall of Famer "is under care and isolated at a local hospital". Ewing opted to disclose this illness to raise awareness regarding the dangers of COVID-19 as states around the country relax stay-at-home restrictions.

Ewing, 57, also included a statement from Georgetown about his medical status and that of the men's basketball team. "I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones".

"Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines", Ewing said.

Ewing did not disclose when he tested positive to the virus, or where he believes he contracted it. He scored nearly 25,000 points and had more than 11,000 rebounds in his 17-year career.

But what makes it hard to relive is that Ewing, while fashioning a Hall of Fame career with the Knicks, never got a championship ring with Jordan in the way. In April 2017, he returned to Georgetown for his first job as a head coach at any level, replacing Thompson's son in that job with the Hoyas.

Ewing was an NBA All-Star in 11 of his first 12 seasons, all with the Knicks.

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