Patrick Ewing, head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently receiving medical attention.
The former Georgetown Hoyas and New York Knicks star said in a statement released by the school, “This virus is dangerous and should not be handled lightly.” “Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe, as this is very important to me. I’d like to express my gratitude to those who work in healthcare and other frontline professions at this time. Trust me, I’ll be fine, and we’ll get through this together.”
The University has Confirmed that 57-Year-Old Ewing is the Sole Male Athlete Infected With the Coronavirus.
The 7-foot Ewing played a key role in Georgetown’s 1984 NCAA men’s basketball championship run, as well as two previous trips to the championship game.
Georgetown had a winning record of 122–23 during Ewing’s four years there under John Thompson Jr.
After the Knicks won the first-ever NBA draught lottery, they selected him with the first overall pick in 1985. In 1994, Ewing led New York to the NBA Finals, where they were eliminated by Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets.
For 15 of his 17 years in the NBA, Ewing was a member of the New York Knicks.
After hanging up his cleats, he coached for 15 years for four different professional teams. Returning to Georgetown in April 2017, he took over for Thompson’s son as the Hoyas’ head coach.
Ewing has spent the past three years coaching at his alma university, and in that time his teams have gone a combined 49-46, with no trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Georgetown concluded the 2019-20 season with a 15-17 record and a losing streak of seven games.
Mac McClung, a sophomore guard for Georgetown, joined four other players who declared they would be transferring during the season by saying they will be entering the NCAA transfer portal last week.