Patrick Ewing Biography
Patrick Ewing is a retired center who played for the New York Knicks, Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic. During his 17-year career, he was an 11-time All-Star and seven-time All-NBA selection. He was a Rookie of the Year winner, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 and is a member of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He is currently serving as an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic.
Patrick Ewing and his family moved to Cambridge, Mass. from Jamaica when he was 11 years old. He played cricket and soccer before taking up basketball once he arrived in the United States. He led Cambridge Rindge and Latin to three high school state championships. In 1980, he became the first high school student invited to try out for the U.S. Olympic basketball team.
Patrick Ewing was recruited by hundreds of colleges before selecting Georgetown University. He led the Hoyas to the NCAA title game in three out of four seasons. Georgetown lost the championship game to North Carolina in 1982 and to Villanova in 1985. The Hoyas won the NCAA final in 1984.
Ewing, who averaged 15.3 points (on 62 percent shooting) and 9.2 rebounds per game at Georgetown, was chosen as the NCAA Tournament MOP in 1984 and the Adolph Rupp Trophy and Naismith College Player of the Year in 1985.
Patrick Ewing was the first pick in the 1985 NBA draft. He averaged 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks as a rookie during the 1985-86 season. Despite missing 32 games because of a knee injury, he was the first Knicks player to be named Rookie of the Year since Willis Reed in 1964-65. Ewing would go on to average over 20 points per game for 13 straight seasons.
Ewing put together his best statistical season in 1989-90, averaging a career-high 28.6 points, while placing fifth in the league in rebounds (10.9), sixth in field-goal percentage (55.1) and second in blocked shots (3.99).
The Knicks won at least 50 games for four straight seasons once Pat Riley took over as head coach in 1991-92.
He averaged 24.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game during the 1993-94 season (first year of Michael Jordan's retirement) to lead the Knicks to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1973. New York lost in seven games to the Rockets.
Ewing helped New York pull off an historic upset of the top-seeded Miami Heat in the first round of the 1999 Playoffs. Howerver, he was battling an Achilles tendon injury, and was finally forced to the bench during the conference finals against the Indiana Pacers. Without Ewing, the Knicks managed to reach the Finals, where they lost to the San Antonio Spurs in five games.
Ewing played one more season for the Knicks, leading the team to the conference finals against the Pacers, where they lost in six games.
Before the 2000-01 season, Ewing was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics as part of a four-team trade that brought Glen Rice, Luc Longley, Travis Knight, Vernon Maxwell, Vladimir Stepania and Larazo Borrell to New York. Ewing played one season in Seattle, averaging 9.6 PPG and 7.4 RPG in 79 starts.
Ewing signed with the Magic as a free agent before the 2001-02 season, averaging six points and four rebounds in a reserve role.
He averaged 21 points and 9.8 rebounds for his career. He finished with 24,815 points, 11,607 rebounds and 2,894 blocks in 1,183 games.
Ewing was a member of the famed 1984 U.S. Olympic Basketball team, the last U.S. Amateur team to win a gold medal in the Olympics. Ewing was the team's third-leading scorer, averaging 11.0 PPG. His 5.6 RPG during the Olympics ranked behind only Wayman Tisdale among U.S. players.
Later, Ewing would become one of the members of the 1992 "Dream Team", the first team of NBA players to represent the U.S. in the Olympics. Ewing split the starting center duties with David Robinson, averaging 9.5 PPG and a team-high-tying 5.3 RPG during the Dream Team's eight-game romp to the Gold Medal.
On Sept. 17, 2002, Ewing announced his retirement and accepted an assistant coaching job with the Washington Wizards. Ewing joined forces with his former rival Michael Jordan, who was in his final season of playing with the Wizards. The team failed to make the playoffs. Ewing joined the Rockets in the 2003-04 season, serving as a mentor to center Yao Ming. After three seasons with Houston, Ewing joined Stan Van Gundy's Orlando Magic staff, primarily serving as a coach to center Dwight Howard. Ewing helped the Magic reach the 2009 NBA Finals, even guaranteeing a win in Game 7 of the conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics.
Off the court, Ewing has made cameo appearances in multiple movies and TV shows, including the 1996 Michael Jordan project "Space Jam."
Patrick Ewing was born in Kingston, Jamaica on August 5, 1962 to Carl and Dorothy Ewing. He married Rita Williams (divorced). He has four children, Patrick Jr., Randi, Corey and Alexis.
Ewing's son, Patrick Jr., played college basketball at Indiana and Georgetown and was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. He spent the 2008 preseason with the New York Knicks before being waived. He currently plays for the 2011 New Orleans Hornets.