Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is the head coach of the Georgetown University men’s basketball team but better known as a former NBA ledged . He spent the majority of his NBA career as the starting center for the New York Knicks before finishing his career with short lived appearances playing for the Seattle Super-Sonics and Orlando Magic.
Highly sought after in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ewing played center for Georgetown for four years, three of which the club advanced to the NCAA Championship Game , safe to say his impact on the game was already felt early on his career . In 2008, ESPN ranked Ewing as the 16th best college basketball player of all time. He later went on to have fruitful seventeen-year long NBA career.
Whilst playing for the the Knicks , he was an eleven-time all-star player and during his tenure, the Knicks reached the NBA Finals twice (1994 and 1999). He was also a valuable member of the United States men’s Olympic basketball teams that won gold medals in 1984 and 1992. In 1996, Ewing was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, and in 2021, he was named one of the 75 Greatest Players in NBA History.
He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, twice (in 2008 for his individual career and in 2010 as a member of the 1992 Olympic team). In 2009, he was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame as a member of the “Dream Team.” The Knicks retired his number 33 in 2003. Many still consider him to be one of the best centers of all time , and cant really argue with them the stats speak for themselves !
Patrick founded his own shoe brand, Ewing Athletics, in 1989. The Rebound was the first model he wore briefly during the 1989 season, while the 33 HI was the company’s first significant release. This shoe would go on to become a massive seller, becoming a New York City street icon and eventually becoming a hit in Europe and Asia as well.
The 33 HI was a hot seller for years and was featured on numerous album covers and music videos of the time. Patrick sported the shoe during his greatest season as a professional in 1990.