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Knicks Legend Patrick Ewing Contracts COVID-19

Ewing joins the list of former and current NBA players who have contracted the virus. He's expected to recover.

As the world of sports makes plans to reopen during this Coronavirus pandemic, the virus has struck another prominent member of the basketball world. Former New York Knicks star and Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing announced on Friday that he has been hospitalized with the coronavirus.

Back in March, Kevin Durant and three other members of the Brooklyn Nets contracted COVID-19, which at the time spiked the number of NBA players diagnosed, to seven. All of the players have since recovered.

The head coach of Georgetown’s men’s basketball team is “under care and isolated at a local hospital,” according to a statement on Twitter.

“I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” Ewing said in Georgetown’s tweeted 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 healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. I’ll be fine and we will all get through this.”

His friends, fans and former teammates rallied around the 7-foot icon from Jamaica, on Twitter.

Ewing played the majority of his illustrious NBA career with the New York Knicks but also had stints with the Seattle SuperSonics and the Orlando Magic. He scored almost 25,000 points and had more than 11,000 rebounds in his 17-year career.
Ewing was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2008 and in 2017 he assumed the head coach job at his alma mater Georgetown. Ewing is 49-46 in three seasons at Georgetown.

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