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Patrick Ewing

Ewing in 2008
Charlotte Hornets
Position Associate head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1962-08-05) August 5, 1962 (age 54)
Kingston, Jamaica
Nationality American / Jamaican
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Cambridge Rindge and Latin
(Cambridge, Massachusetts)
College Georgetown (1981–1985)
NBA draft 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career 1985–2002
Position Center
Number 33, 6
Coaching career 2002–present
Career history
As player:
1985–2000 New York Knicks
2000–2001 Seattle SuperSonics
2001–2002 Orlando Magic
As coach:
2002–2003 Washington Wizards (assistant)
2003–2006 Houston Rockets (assistant)
2007–2012 Orlando Magic (assistant)
2013–present Charlotte Bobcats / Hornets (associate HC)
Career highlights and awards

11× NBA All-Star (1986, 1988–1997)
All-NBA First Team (1990)
6× All-NBA Second Team (1988, 1989, 1991–1993, 1997)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1988, 1989, 1992)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1986)
No. 33 retired by the New York Knicks
NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
NCAA champion (1984)
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1984)
College national player of the year (1985)
3× Consensus first-team All-American (1983–1985)
2× Big East Player of the Year (1984, 1985)

Career NBA statistics
Points 24,815 (21.0 ppg)
Rebounds 11,617 (9.8 rpg)
Blocks 2,894 (2.4 bpg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2012

Brooklyn, it's a great town, a great city. It's New York.
Too much negotiating and not enough work on the court – that's what happened to me during the lockout. Too much talking and not enough training. I couldn't put in my usual offseason work routine. I think that all caught up to me, with my Achilles problems.
Patrick Ewing
Everybody always thinks the grass is always greener.
Amare, Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups – they're virtually unstoppable.
Patrick Ewing
Most of the fans will still be Knick fans.
People think that just because you're a center, you're not as smart as the guards or the smaller guys.
Patrick Ewing
Winning a ring is everybody's goal, whether you're a player or a coach.
Patrick Ewing
When I played with the Knicks, I was just as important or just as smart as any other of the guards I played with. I still had to call out plays, notice schemes, know the systems, do everything they had to do.
Patrick Ewing
Every parent wants to see their kids excel.
I wish I had stayed and finished my career here in New York.
I'm sure at some point I will get back into coaching, but right now I need to focus completely on my kids.
Patrick Ewing
I never knew what basketball was. I started playing on the playground. People used to laugh at me and joke at me because I was so tall and I didn't know the game and couldn't play it.
Patrick Ewing
I'm just like any person who is coaching in this league, I'm just looking for an opportunity, that's all.
Patrick Ewing
I've been an assistant for seven years now and I haven't had one head coaching interview. I'm doing something wrong.
Patrick Ewing
If I want to average 32 points a game, I can do that easily. It's just eight, eight, eight, eight. No problem. I can do that anytime. That's not being cocky. That's confidence.
Patrick Ewing
I've been to the Hall of Fame many times, in grade school and high school. I had field trips to the Hall of Fame and taking tours of it. I just never thought about that one day I possibly might be in it. I think it'd be great.
Patrick Ewing
New York is a passionate city. They want a winner. They deserve a winner. I think we did an outstanding job of bringing it back.
Patrick Ewing
This means a lot. I'm being recognized for all the blood, sweat and tears I put into a 17-year career.
Patrick Ewing
Every time when they would call my name I kept hearing 'New York Knicks' instead of 'Seattle SuperSonics.'
Patrick Ewing
Pat Riley, Dave Checketts and Ernie Grunfeld – they brought the Knicks back to the glory days. It started with Rick Pitino. We took our first step with him, making the playoffs. When Pat came in we just kicked the door open.
Patrick Ewing
Whenever my body heals and the pain and all the swelling goes away is when I'll be ready.
Patrick Ewing