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Patrick Ewing: A Towering Legend

Full Name Patrick Aloysius Ewing Sr.
Birthday August 5, 1962 (age 60)
Birthplace Kingston, Jamaica
College Georgetown University
Draft 1st Overall, 1985 NBA Draft
NBA Teams New York Knicks, Seattle SuperSonics, Orlando Magic
Championships 0 (2 NBA Finals appearances)

As a longtime fan who‘s followed his career from the very start, I‘m thrilled to provide an in-depth introduction to the towering legend Patrick Ewing. After moving from Jamaica to Cambridge, Massachusetts at age 12, Ewing quickly emerged as a dominant big man. He attended Georgetown University, where he established himself as the most intimidating center in college basketball.

The College Years

At Georgetown, Ewing put together one of the greatest college careers ever for a big man. He powered the Hoyas to three national championship game appearances, winning the 1984 NCAA title. Ewing averaged 15.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.4 blocks during his four years at Georgetown while earning consensus First Team All-American honors three times. His defensive prowess and dunks made him a fan favorite.

Drafted by the Knicks

The New York Knicks selected Ewing first overall in the 1985 draft, sparking a 15-year run that saw him emerge as the greatest Knick of his generation. With his signature turnaround jumper and tenacious interior defense, Ewing captivated the Madison Square Garden crowds. He earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1986, followed by 11 All-Star nods and seven First Team All-NBA selections.

Though he never won a championship, Ewing‘s clutch plays spearheaded deep playoff runs, including Finals appearances in 1994 and 1999. He averaged 22.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks during his Knicks tenure.

Coaching Career

After retiring in 2002, Ewing brought his work ethic and basketball IQ to the coaching ranks. He cut his teeth with assistant roles in Washington, Houston, Orlando and Charlotte.

In 2017, Ewing achieved his dream of returning to Georgetown as head coach. Though the rebuilding process has had ups and downs, Ewing‘s passion for developing young talent and connecting with players remains unwavering. Off the court, he is a dedicated mentor and role model.

Playing Style and Impact

With his 7-foot frame and smooth athleticism, Ewing comprised a force on both ends of the floor throughout his career. He played with a "win at all costs" attitude, thriving with his back to the basket but also able to run the floor when required.

Ewing‘s peers marveled at his versatility for a big man. "Most 7-footers don‘t have that skill package," Michael Jordan said. Ewing brought a finesse to the center position that inspired future generations of players.

For a Knicks fanatic like myself, Patrick Ewing‘s sustained excellence provided a lifetime of cherished memories. Though banners eluded him, his larger-than-life presence graced MSG‘s hardwood for over a decade. Today, the Ewing name remains synonymous with Knicks greatness.