Patrick Ewing was born on the 5th of August 1962to father Carl Ewing, who worked as a mechanic, and mother Dorothy Ewing, who stayed at home to raise the seven children, a famous basketball player who has done extremely well throughout his career.
Patrick Ewing, who was already excelling at cricket and soccer, learned to play basketball with the help of some neighbourhood children playing a pick-up game. He learned to play basketball at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. While in high school, Ewing’s team bus was often rocked by opponents when his team travelled to play an away game.
He played most of his career with the NBA’s New York Knicks as their starting centre and played briefly with the Seattle Supersonics and Orlando Magic.
Ewing’s mother passed away from a heart attack in 1983. While still grieving for his mother, the athlete learned that his high school sweetheart Sharon Stanford was pregnant with their child.
Patrick Aloysius Ewing, Jr. was born May 21, 1984, while Ewing was still a college student. He won Olympic gold medals as a member of the 1984 and 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball teams.
He is a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts (in 2008 for his individual career and in 2010 as a member of the 1992 Olympic team).
In the 1982 NCAA final against the University of North Carolina, Ewing was called for goaltending five times in the first half, setting the tone for the Hoyas and making his presence felt. The Hoyas had a shot at winning the game until Fred Brown threw an infamous bad pass to James Worthy at the tail end of the game.
He arrived in New York after a ballyhooed college career with the Georgetown Hoyas that included one NCAA title and appearances in two other championship games.
The team’s fierce in-your-face style of basketball created a phenomenon known as “Hoya Paranoia” and as the key intimidating defensive presence, Ewing was tagged the “Hoya Destroya.” A media star since his schoolboy days, his anticipated arrival to the NBA was unprecedented.
The Jamaica-born Ewing arrived in the United States at age 11, and the gangly youth who had reached the height of 6-10 by junior high school was initially awkward on the court when introduced to the game. But by the time he was a senior in high school, the world knew he would be something special.
Ewing put together a spectacular year in 1989-90, ranking second in the league in blocked shots (3.99 per game), third in scoring (a career-high 28.6 ppg), fifth in rebounding (10.9 rpg) and sixth in field-goal percentage (.551). He made his fourth appearance in the NBA All-Star Game and was voted a starter for the first time.
At season’s end he earned his only selection to the All-NBA First Team. Ewing has been an assistant coach since 2003; he’s currently the associate head coach with the Charlotte Hornets but hasn’t garnered serious consideration for a head job despite his bench experience and Hall of Fame resume as a player with the Knicks.