Georgetown coach, former Knicks star Patrick Ewing reveals coronavirus diagnosis

Tanya Simon
May 23, 2020

Ewing, 57, tweeted, "This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly".

Ewing, who won an NCAA championship in 1984 as a Georgetown player, said he wanted to thank health care workers and everyone on the front lines of the pandemic.

Following his famed National Basketball Association playing career, Ewing took over as Georgetown's head coach in 2017 after spending 15 years as an assistant coach for four different National Basketball Association franchises. "I'll be fine and we will all get through this". 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. After playing for Georgetown during his college years, he joined the team as Head Coach and it is a position he still holds until this day.

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Ewing, per the school, is the only member of the men's basketball program to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Ewing did not disclose when he tested positive to the virus, or where he believes he contracted it.

Ewing also won two gold medals as a member of the U.S. men's basketball teams at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic games. He is the only player to play over 1,000 games with the Knicks. He's compiled a 49-46 overall record in three seasons with the Hoyas, and led them to a 15-17 record this season before play was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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