Georgetown’s basketball coach and former NBA executive Patrick Ewing has been released from the hospital and is recovering from COVID-19 at home, his son said Monday.
57-year-old Hall of Famer, who played for the Hoyas in college and the New York Knicks in the NBA, announced on Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was being treated in a hospital.
Patrick Ewing Jr. said on Twitter three days later that his father was getting better after treatment and thanked the doctors and nurses who took care of him during his hospital stay. He also thanked fans for their thoughts and prayers after his father’s announcement.
“My dad is home now and getting better,” wrote Ewing Jr. “We will continue to monitor his symptoms and follow CDC guidelines. I hope everyone stays safe and protects themselves and your loved ones.”
As a player, 7-foot Patrick Ewing Georgetown helped win the 1984 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and achieve two other title games. During his four years of playing, Georgetown went 121-23, a winning percentage of .840.
He was taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 draft after the Knicks won the NBA’s first lottery. Ewing ended up leading New York to the 1994 NBA Finals, where they lost to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets.
Ewing played 17 seasons in the NBA, 15 with the Knicks.
After retiring as a player, he worked for 15 years as an assistant or associate coach with four teams in the pros. In April 2017, he returned to Georgetown for his first job as a head coach at every level.
In his first three seasons with his alma mater, the Ewing teams went 49-46 together, without traveling to the NCAA tournament.
In 2019-20, Georgetown closed the season with seven consecutive losses and a record 15-17.
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