Life is a Highway

Life is a Highway

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Patrick Ewing Knicks Tribute: The Warrior who could never quit

I started watching College Basketball around 1984 or 1985, grew up in the Washington Area in Bethesda, Maryland. And got to see the last season or so of Patrick Ewing at Georgetown University and remember him being drafted by the New York Knicks in the NBA. Pat Ewing at the time was 7'0 235-240 pounds, already had an NBA body but decided he need to get bigger and stronger. To go up against guys like Moses Malone, Robert Parish, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and other great Centers. Ewing was a giant of a man that could run like a horse, even after he hurt his knees in the early 1990s. Could still run like a horse, easily one of the most gifted big man the NBA has ever seen. But you gotta remember he was a product of Georgetown, great school as well as being a product of Head Coach John Thompson. Who was the Dean of the John Thompson School of Basketball, that produced great big man like Pat Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutoumbo and others. You weren't going to graduate that School, if you just had great talent, you had to know how play the game, You had to be able to learn about the game of basketball, because the teacher, had already forgot more about basketball, then you'll ever know.

Pat Ewing in his prime was 7'0 255 pounds all muscle, he had the body that was as solid as a statue but could run like a horse. One of the few NBA Centers that was both a dominant offensive and defensive player, you had to contend with him on both sides of the court. So he was a great player on both ends and he was also a very solid rebounder. Before he hurt his knees in 1992 or 1993, he was the best Center in the NBA at the time, after he gets hurt. Hakeem Oliajuwon took that spot from him but after he hurts his knees, Ewing doesn't become a mediocre player or quits. But adjusts his game, instead of just being a dominant Low Post scorer, he develops an Outside Shot and becomes one of the best Outside Shooting Big Men the game has ever seen. Pat Ewing just doesn't become a great basketball player in New York, he brought basketball back to New York, basically on his own. And gave New Yorkers another reason to go to Madison Square Garden because they were one of the worst NBA Clubs before he got there.

What Patrick Ewing's legacy should be, not as a player that never won the NBA Finals. A lot of great NBA players have never accomplished that but someone who was so great of a player. That he could a franchise on his back and take a bunch of solid but nothing special players. Except for their heart and work ethic and get them to the Promise Land and play for the NBA Finals Championship, the Larry O'Brien Trophy, where they were came up a few baskets short.