- More connections: The Hoyas trekked to the NCAA tournament all five years the Ewings played for the Washington, D.C., school. Both Ewings were coached by the John Thompson family at GU.
The previous year, a coin flip between the two teams with the worst conference records went to the Houston Rockets who selected Hakeem Olajuwon.
Apparently that wouldn't be good enough anymore. So in '85 the NBA instituted the draft lottery where the seven non-playoff teams would get an equal shot at Ewing. The team with the worst record, the Golden State Warriors, "won" pick number seven. The Knicks, whose winning percentage hadn't reached 30 percent the previous three seasons, got Ewing.
The all-but formally inducted Hall of Famer became the 10th player in NBA history to record 22,000 points and 10,000 rebounds, was top ten in blocks per game for 13 years and eight times was top ten in field goal percentage, in total rebounds, in rebounds per game, in points and in points per game.
He also played with the Seattle SuperSonics (now Oklahoma City ?s) and Orlando Magic and is currently an assistant coach with the Magic under first year head coach Stan Van Gundy who is the brother of former Knicks and Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy.
Orlando on the itinerary?