Ewing Dons Right Jersey for Dad's HOF Day

Has a lot to look up to/for

The twists and turns of Patrick Ewing, Jr.'s basketball career hit the right NBA destination when the Georgetown star was traded to the New York Knicks on Friday. Just in time for his dad's induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame next weekend.

Patrick Ewing, Jr., whose collegiate career began at Indiana University, transferred to his dad's alma mater Georgetown University prior to his junior season.

    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 2008 Big East Sixth Man of the Year had two stops before getting to The City. In June, he was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 43rd selection of the 2008 NBA draft. On August 14, 2008, Ewing was traded to the Houston Rockets along with Ron Artest and Sean Singletary for Donté Greene, Bobby Jackson, a future first round draft pick and other considerations. Finally, on Friday, the Knicks gave up the draft rights to center Frederic Weis to Houston to get Patrick, Jr.

The elder Ewing's trip to the Knicks wasn't a foreseen conclusion either. Ewing's place as the number one pick in the 1985 NBA draft wasn't in question; who the lucky NBA would be was.

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?


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