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 yourself and your loved ones. pic.twitter.com/a2fMuhIZyG
– Patrick Ewing (@ CoachEwing33) May 22, 2020
Georgetown University, where Ewing is currently head coach, announced that he was being treated and isolated in a local hospital.
Georgetown adds that the 57-year-old is the only member of the men’s basketball program to test positive for the coronavirus.
“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 yourself and your loved ones, ”Ewing wrote on Twitter.
Ewing is known as one of the best big men in NBA history for his 17-year career spent primarily with the Knicks.
After being selected No. 1 overall in the 1985 NBA draft, Ewing recorded 13 more than 20 points per play season and was instrumental in the Knicks’ successes in the late 1980s and in the 1990s. Although New York did not win an NBA championship during Ewing’s tenure, they played in the playoffs each season from 1987-88 to 1999-00, including two appearances in the NBA finals in 1994 and 1999.
Ewing is an 11-time star, recipient of the 1985-1986 Rookie of the Year Award and a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (2008). For his career, he averaged 21.0 points per game for 9.8 rebounds.
After several shortened seasons in the late 1990s, Ewing was transferred to the Seattle SuperSonics in September 2000 and retired as a member of the Orlando Magic in 2002.