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Patrick Ewing

Biography

Jamaican Athletes

Date of Birth (DOB): 8/5/62
From: Jamaica
Best Known for: Professional Basketball player from Kingston Jamaica, who played for New York Knicks, Seattle Supersonics, & Orlando Magic

Bio: Migrated to US in 1975 to Cambridge Massachusetts. He developed his basketball skills at Rindge & Latin School and won three straight state championships.

College Ball: Georgetown University 1985 under coach John Thompson, where he was the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) MVP, and won the NCAA Championship in the 1983-1984 season. He also played on the Gold Medal winning US Olympic Basketball team, and was voted the Associated Press’s player of the year.

Professional Ball: First ever NBA Lottery Pick of the New York Knicks, and was literally the pride of all Jamaicans worldwide, especially in New York. He played for them from 1985 – 2000, and still owns most of the New York Knicks's records for most steals, rebounds, points, blocks, field goals, free throw attempts. Along with the Knicks, Patrick went to the NBA Finals once (1994) during the Michael Jordan era, but lost to the Houston Rockets with Hakim Olajuwon. He was one of the main reasons why the New York Knicks had one of the best defensive records in the league. He owns most of the important Knicks' all-time records by having the most points, rebounds, blocks, steals and both field goals and free throw attempts. He again represented the United States as a Gold Medal member of the 1992 Dream Team.

In the NBA’s 2001 season, he played for Seattle Supersonics. For the 2002 season, Patrick signed as free agent with Orlando Magic. In the off-season, Patrick spends quality time with his family in the North-east, as well as his extended family back in Jamaica. He also spends time in South Florida with his fellow Georgetown alumni and close friend Alonzo Mourning of the Miami Heat.


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