58 Facts About Patrick Ewing


Patrick Ewing played most of his career as the starting center for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association before ending his playing career with brief stints with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic.


Patrick Ewing had a seventeen-year NBA career, predominantly playing for the New York Knicks, where he was an eleven-time all-star and named to seven All-NBA teams.


Patrick Ewing won Olympic gold medals as a member of the 1984 and 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball teams.


Patrick Ewing was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996 and as one of the 75 Greatest Players in NBA History in 2021.


Patrick Ewing is a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.


Patrick Ewing was born August 5,1962 in Kingston, Jamaica to Carl and Dorothy Patrick Ewing.


Patrick Ewing was born one day before Jamaica declared independence.


In 1975, Patrick Ewing moved to the United States and settled with his family outside Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Patrick Ewing learned to play basketball at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School with the help of John Fountain and his coach Mike Jarvis.


Once rival fans even rocked the team bus when Patrick Ewing's squad arrived to play an away game.


Patrick Ewing led Cambridge Rindge and Latin to three consecutive Massachusetts Div.


Patrick Ewing made his announcement in Boston, in a room full of fans who were hoping for him to play for local schools Boston College or Boston University; when Patrick Ewing announced his decision to play at Georgetown, the fans left the room.


Patrick Ewing made six recruiting visits in all; he visited UCLA and Villanova.


In one of the most star-studded championship games in NCAA history, Patrick Ewing was called for goaltending five times in the first half, setting the tone for the Hoyas and making his presence felt.


Patrick Ewing was again named the Big East Player of the Year and the team won the Big East tournament title yet again.


Patrick Ewing left a cultural impact on the sport in a variety of ways.


Patrick Ewing was one of the first freshmen to not only start for but lead a major college basketball team, something unheard of back in his era.


Patrick Ewing was expected to be the top pick in the 1985 NBA draft.


The Knicks drafted Patrick Ewing, as expected, beginning a 15-year relationship.


Patrick Ewing enjoyed a successful career; eleven times named an NBA All-Star, once named to the All-NBA First Team, six times a member of the All-NBA Second Team, and named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team three times.


Patrick Ewing was a member of the original Dream Team at the 1992 Olympic Games.


Patrick Ewing was given the honor of being named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.


The Knicks were facing elimination in Game 6 when Patrick Ewing had one of the greatest games of his career.


The Knicks, with Patrick Ewing leading them, had to survive a grueling trek through the playoffs simply to reach the Finals.


Patrick Ewing made the most of his playoff run by setting a record for most blocked shots in a Finals series with 30.


Patrick Ewing set an NBA Finals record for most blocked shots in a single game, with 8.


Patrick Ewing was involved in a Game 5 brawl where both teams' benches got involved.


On December 20,1997, in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center, Patrick Ewing was fouled by Andrew Lang while attempting a dunk.


Patrick Ewing fell awkwardly and landed with all of his weight on his shooting hand.


The result was a severely damaged wrist, with Patrick Ewing suffering a displaced fracture, a complete dislocation of the lunate bone, and torn ligaments.


Patrick Ewing, who had only missed 20 games in the previous ten seasons, missed the remaining 56 games of the season.


However, he was able to rehabilitate the injury faster than expected and as the playoffs began, Patrick Ewing was talking about returning.


Patrick Ewing returned for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Pacers.


Patrick Ewing's presence was not enough as the Knicks fell to the Pacers in five games.


In 2001, Patrick Ewing testified in part of the Atlanta's Gold Club prostitution and fraud federal trial.


Patrick Ewing won Olympic gold medals as a member of the 1984 and 1992 United States men's basketball teams.


In 1984, Patrick Ewing averaged 11.0 points in eight games, and was the tournament's leading shot blocker with 18.


Patrick Ewing was a defensive stalwart throughout his basketball career, although he often had difficulty placing on the NBA All-Defensive Team due to the defensive prowess of his contemporaries Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson.


Patrick Ewing was top ten in field goal percentage eight times, top ten in rebounds per game and total rebounds eight times, top ten in points and points per game eight times, and top ten in blocks per game for 13 years.


In 1999, Patrick Ewing became the 10th player in NBA history to record 22,000 points and 10,000 rebounds.


From 2002 to 2003, Patrick Ewing served as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards under the ownership of his longtime rival Michael Jordan.


From 2003 through 2006, Patrick Ewing was an assistant with the Houston Rockets, before resigning to spend more time with his family.


Patrick Ewing correctly predicted a win in Game 7 of the second round against the defending champion Boston Celtics.


Later in the playoffs, Patrick Ewing saw Magic captain Dwight Howard set a new NBA Finals record for most blocked shots in a single Finals game, with nine in Game 4, surpassing the previous record of eight by Patrick Ewing himself in Game 5 of the 1994 Finals.


In 2013, Patrick Ewing became an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats.


On November 8,2013, Patrick Ewing became the Bobcats' interim head coach due to regular head coach Steve Clifford having heart surgery.


Patrick Ewing interned in the office of Senator Bob Dole during multiple summers in college.


Patrick Ewing was in the 1996 movie Space Jam as himself, one of five NBA players whose talent was stolen.


Patrick Ewing had a brief appearance, again as himself, in the movie Senseless starring Marlon Wayans.


Patrick Ewing made cameos as himself in the sitcoms Spin City, Herman's Head, Mad About You, and Webster.


Patrick Ewing made a silent cameo as the Angel of Death in The Exorcist III.


Patrick Ewing co-wrote In the Paint, a painting how-to book for children.


In 2012, David Goldberg and his company GPF Footwear LLC successfully teamed up with Patrick Ewing to resurrect the old Patrick Ewing Athletics line, and bring it back into stores, capitalizing on the current retro trend in the footwear market.


Patrick Ewing was married to Rita Williams from 1990 to 1998.


In July 2001, Patrick Ewing testified in the federal trial of an Atlanta club owner charged with facilitating prostitution.


In 2003, Patrick Ewing was tested for kidney compatibility with Mourning, but Mourning's cousin was found to be the better match.


Patrick Ewing was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the second round with the 43rd pick of the 2008 NBA draft, but was then traded to the New York Knicks, his father's old team.


Patrick Ewing did not make the Knicks' final roster and has spent most of his career in the NBA Development League and Europe.