By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
Basketball Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing has tested positive for the coronavirus, in an announcement last week. The current Georgetown coach was under care and isolated for a few days in the hospital. He was released and sent home after a brief stay.
“I want to thank all the doctors and hospital staff for taking care of my farther during his stay, as well as everyone who reached out to us with thoughts and prayers to us since his diagnosis.” Ewing Jr. tweeted.
One of those who reached out was former Hoya and NBA star Dikembo Mutombo.
“We are praying for my brother, coach Patrick Ewing,” said former Hoya Mutombo in a statement. “He is going to be okay.”
Ewing who began to coach the Hoyas in 2017 is the only member of the men’s basketball program to have tested positive for the virus during the ongoing pandemic. During his college career Ewing led the Hoyas to three NCAA titles games helping them win their only national championship in 1984. He earned first-team All-American honors in three consecutive years from 1983 to ’85. He was named the Naismith College Player of the Year award in 1985.
Ewing was an 11-time NBA All-Star with the New York Knicks averaging 22.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks during his 15-year career with the Knicks, Seattle Super Sonics and Orlando Magic.
He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. Following his famed NBA playing career, Ewing took over as Georgetown’s head coach in 2017 after spending 15 years as an assistant coach for four NBA franchises.
“I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” Ewing said in a statement. “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 health care workers and everyone on the front lines. I’ll be fine, and we will all get through this.”