Georgetown Hoyas coach and New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Ewing, 57, is isolated under care at a local hospital, as announced by Georgetown University.
“I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” said Ewing in a statement.
“I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. I’ll be fine and we will all get through this.”
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
Georgetown also said that Ewing is the only member of the Hoyas men’s basketball program to test positive for the coronavirus.
After a storied NBA career playing for the Knicks, Seattle Supersonics, and Orlando Magic, Ewing took over as head coach of the Hoyas basketball team in 2017 after 15 seasons as an assistant for four different NBA teams.
Considered the best Georgetown player in the school’s history, Ewing led the Hoyas to their one national championship in 1984.
He followed that up by winning the Naismith Player of The Year award in 1985.
He went on to earn first-team All-American honors three straight years from 1983-1985.
Patrick Ewing was an 11-time NBA All-Star with the Knicks while averaging 22.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game.
He played 17 NBA seasons, 15 of them in New York.
Ewing was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.