Patrick Ewing, former NBA Legend and head coach of the Georgetown men’s basketball team announced on Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19. On May 22, he tweeted, “I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.”
I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. pic.twitter.com/a2fMuhIZyG
— Patrick Ewing (@CoachEwing33) May 22, 2020
Ewing, 57, who played in the NBA 17 years, with 15 of those as a key member of the New York Knicks, has been head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas since 2017. Georgetown Athletics released the following statement in tandem with Ewing’s announcement: “Ewing has elected to share his diagnosis publicly to emphasize that this virus can affect anyone. Ewing is under care and isolated at a local hospital. He is the only member of the Georgetown men’s basketball program to have tested positive for the virus.”
The Jamaican born former star athlete played for Georgetown for four years during his college career and helped make the men’s basketball team rank No. 1 in the nation by his senior year. In 1985, Ewing was drafted as the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. After the New York Knicks signed him to a 10-year $32 million contract, he was voted NBA Rookie of the Year and named to the NBA ALl-Rookie First Team in his first year as a pro.