Patrick Ewing may still be looking for a head-coaching job, but the former New York Knicks center is being inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend. No.33 has served as an NBA assistant coach for the past 10 years, but was let go along with the rest of Stan Van Gundy’s staff from the Orlando Magic last season. Ewing, who played at Georgetown from 1981-1985, became a man under head coach John Thompson and feels honored to be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Patrick Ewing joined WHB in Kansas City with The Border Patrol to discuss being inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame, learning how to become a man under John Thompson at Georgetown, his favorite college memory and Dwight Howard being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.
What did you think when you heard you were being inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame?
“I am very honored. It’s always a treat to be honored. No matter what the level is: high school, college or the pro’s. I accomplished a lot in my four years at Georgetown.”
Tell me how much you grew under John Thompson at Georgetown?
“I not only grew as a basketball player, I grew as a man. My whole college experience was a great experience for me. If I had to do it again, it would be the same decision. Coach Thompson allowed me the opportunity to not only grow, like you said, on the court, but also off the court. I went to college a boy and left a man.”
What’s your favorite college memory?
“I had a great college career that we touched on before — playing against North Carolina in the Final Four, winning it in 1984. We had some great Big East battles against St. John’s, against Syracuse, Villanova. We had some great runs, Connecticut. Well, Connecticut wasn’t as big of a powerhouse as they are now back then. We had some great runs that, looking back at it, it was filled with a lot of great memories.”
What do you think about Dwight Howard going to the Lakers?
“I think he definitely makes them a better team. They are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the West and it’s just going to be a question of can they gel together? Can they play together? Can he take being the second or third or fourth option on that team? Because Kobe Bryant is the No. 1 option and Pau Gasol can score and so can Steve Nash. Dwight has the ability to dominate a game without scoring, by blocking shots, rebounding and defending and if he does that, if he can embellish that role, then he has what it takes to be a champion.”