Patrick Ewing, former NBA star and current head basketball coach at Georgetown University, is hospitalised with a case of the influenza-like illness (H1N1) virus.
On Friday, Ewing, 57, Announced on Twitter that he had been Infected With the Virus.
The New York Knicks legend warned, “This illness is severe and should not be handled lightly.” I hope everyone will take care of themselves and their loved ones and remain safe.
Now, more than ever, it is imperative that I express my gratitude to those who work in healthcare and other frontline professions. We will get through this together, and I will be alright.
For his part, Ewing is “under care and sequestered at a local hospital,” per a statement released by Georgetown’s athletic department.
To Quote the Official Statement:
“He is the only member of the men’s basketball programme to have tested positive for the virus.”
Ewing played in the NBA for 17 seasons, primarily with the Knicks, and was named to 11 All-Star teams. He was a member of the “Dream Team” that won gold in 1992 and won gold in 1984.
The Knicks tweeted, “Get well soon, Big Fella,” in hopes that Ewing would feel better soon. Keep your chin up.
After guiding Georgetown to the 1985 national title and winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award the following year, he was the first overall pick in the NBA draught.
After leaving the league, he went into coaching, first as an assistant for several years until becoming the head coach at his alma mater Georgetown.
Ewing said that the virus “should not be taken lightly” and added that it should be treated seriously. “I hope everyone can keep themselves and their loved ones safe. I’d like to express my gratitude to those who work in healthcare and other frontline professions at this time. No worries; I know we can get through this.”
Over the past six months, COVID-19 has killed more than 94,000 people in the United States, and Ewing is one of the most high-profile current and former athletes to get the virus.
Ewing, a former 11-time NBA All-Star with the New York Knicks, began his coaching career in 2002 and worked as an assistant for many NBA teams until taking the head coaching position at Georgetown for the upcoming 2017-18 season. In his three years leading the team, the Hoyas have gone a combined 49-46.
The senior Ewing, men’s basketball coach at Georgetown University and a 2008 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, announced on Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was receiving treatment at a local hospital.