Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing

American basketball player, center, NBA player
Date of Birth: 05.08.1960
Country: USA

Biography of Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing, an American basketball player, was born in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to the United States with his parents at the age of 13. He attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he played basketball for the university team, the Georgetown Hoyas, during the 1981/82 season. Ewing led the Hoyas to the NCAA tournament finals three times in four years.

In 1984, Ewing won an Olympic gold medal as a member of the USA basketball team in Los Angeles. The following year, he was drafted by the New York Knicks as the first overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. Despite facing injuries, Ewing made an immediate impact and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year. He played 15 seasons with the Knicks, earning numerous accolades, including 11 NBA All-Star selections and multiple appearances in the All-NBA teams.

Ewing was included in the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996, which recognized the 50 greatest players in NBA history. Although the Knicks, led by Ewing, never achieved significant success in terms of winning championships, they came close in the 1993/94 season. They defeated the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals and the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals, but fell to Hakeem Olajuwon's Houston Rockets in a seven-game series.

In addition to his NBA career, Ewing won a second Olympic gold medal in 1992 as a member of the USA "Dream Team" in Barcelona. After retiring as a player, Ewing worked as an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets and later the Orlando Magic. His son, also named Patrick Ewing, followed in his father's footsteps and was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Patrick Ewing's basketball achievements include being named NBA Rookie of the Year (1986), being selected to the NBA All-Star team 11 times, being part of the NBA All-Defensive team multiple times, and winning two Olympic gold medals. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.