Friday, August 5th, 2011 at 5:21 pm  |  29 responses

Patrick Ewing Career Highlights

On his 49th birthday, we celebrate the Knicks legend’s greatness.

Compiled by Eldon Khorshidi

Born in Kingston, Jamaica 49 years ago today, Patrick Aloysius Ewing Sr. had quite a storied NBA career. After leading the Georgetown Hoyas to three NCAA title appearances in four years—which included beating Houston University in the 1983-84 Championship—Ewing was drafted by the New York Knicks as the first overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. Patrick went on to win Rookie of the Year, and the rest is history. An 11-time All-Star, Ewing anchored the Knicks for 15 seasons, leading them to two NBA Finals appearances. Now an assistant with the Orlando Magic, Ewing is on another mission: to become an NBA head coach.

In the meantime, let’s rewind, reflect, and pay homage to an NBA legend. Above are 10 clips from Ewing’s tenure on the hardwood; there are a few single-play highlights, some notable single-game performances, and a few complete mixes. Hope you enjoy ‘em all. Happy born day, Patrick!

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    One of the greatest at his position. Respect.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Much love to Ewing, the 2nd greatest Knickerbocker of all-time behind Frazier.

  • Martey

    One of my favorite players ever…and my favorite center

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Dude was a straight up beast. Loved watching him play.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    One of my favorite players of all time as well. Also one of the first players I actively rooted for as a young fan. Happy birthday, big fella!

  • MikeC.

    The man who made me love the game. Also some of the coolest/ugliest shoes of all time.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Ewing looks like luol deng

  • Sefos

    The 93-94 Ewing-led Knicks made me a basketball fan. It’s nice to see the big fella get some respect…

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    He was eating Joe Kleine (#53) alive.

  • Ryan

    The 37 and 17 game against Miami is a real heart breaker. That should’ve been their year.

  • 2K Insider

    P-Ew is one of my all time favorite centers who ever played for the Knicks in the 90′s.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    THE most overrated center of all time. Only passed th ball once in his entire career. High school AND college included.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Just playing.
    Truly in the pantheon of the NBA’s great centers.
    Did I “get” y’all? lol

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    @Slick Ric: he doesn’t look like Deng at all

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Ewing looks like Keith Sweat…

  • Kadavour

    over rated.

  • O

    Thank you for alll those years of making us one of the most feared teams in the league. I couldn’t and still can’t stand the way we played him during the end of his career. He deserved better. It was ALLL downhill after that trade…

  • http://slamonline BossTerrry

    2k insider- “Ewing is one of my favorite centers who played for the Knicks in the 90s”. What, is he a close second to Chris Dudley? Anyways, this man could SWEAT! Always had to add a couple extra mop-crews whenever the Knicks where in town..

  • robb

    you know what I enjoyed the most? how MJ used to block him, dunk on him score over him and defeat him since college.


    Pip STILL gives Ewing nightmares. Haha! Just kiddin. Happy B-Day big fella!

  • Cool Dude

    Where’s the highlight of Hakeem drinking his milkshake?

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @Phil – You did. I was already typing ‘Yinka Dare’.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    I think you mean Luol Deng looks like Ewing if anything. I wish he had been healthy enough to play that lockout shortened season Finals vs San Antonio.

  • bike

    Imagine if Dwight Howard has those offensive moves. Big men these days never seem to develop that short range jumpshot that PE had. PE was truly one of the best but man he was/is a goofy looking dude.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t understand why it took so long for Dwight to get shooting touch with Ewing as his coach. Dude had great touch.

  • http://gmail.com z

    much love to you patrick thanks for the great memories. It’s been all downhill since you left nyc man. hopefully melo can change that for good.

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  • Donna Mason

    “Hates defeat!” Our story isn’t a happy one…but it’s ironic…Our son, Paul, was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma in 1997… his senior year of high school. We had a family vacation in Jamaica in the 90′s. Before his diagnosis he bought a jersey…New York…”33″ Ewing! We cherish that Jersey…We are going to have it framed…but thought…wow!!! Would you be willing to autograph it?

    Thank you…watching the specials on the olympics of the 90′s made me think! Paul was a fighter too!
    Blessings to you and your beautiful family!
    Dick and Donna Mason