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NBA legend Patrick Ewing has revealed that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
The New York Knicks great, who played 17 seasons as a centre in the NBA, is currently the head coach of the Georgetown University men's team.
He was an 11-time All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medallist.
"I want to share that I have tested positive for Covid-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly," the 57-year-old tweeted.
"I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones."
The diagnosis comes days after the NCAA lifted its moratorium on workouts, allowing voluntary on-campus activities to resume on June 1. On Friday, the SEC announced student-athletes can begin using school facilities beginning June 8 with strict supervision, though the Big East — the Hoyas’ conference — has yet to reveal any plans.
Georgetown Athletics said he is self-isolating at a local hospital and he is the only member of the Georgetown men's basketball program to have tested positive for the virus.
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
Meanwhile based on episodes released during the 10-part ESPN/ABC documentary series focusing on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls title-winning team, called "The Last Dance", the rivalry with the New York Knicks looks to come to the forefront. The Knicks and Bulls formed one of the best rivalries in the Eastern Conference in the late 1980’s and throughout the 1990’s.
And the two players that headlined this rivalry from each team were center Patrick Ewing and shooting guard Michael Jordan. Ewing was never quite able to overtake Jordan, but he certainly had a lengthy and very accomplished NBA career despite all his knee injury woes.
However, Ewing was able to get past that Jordan-less Bulls team in the East during the 1994 playoff run when he was trying his hand at baseball. The Knicks would barely edge out the Jordan-less Bulls, though, during a second round playoff series in 1994. Ewing and the Knicks eeked out a seven-game series win.