The coach of the Georgetown Hoyas has tested positive for coronavirus. He conveyed the news by sharing a tweet sharing his health status.
The tweets mention that he is isolated and under intensive care. He wanted to share his diagnosis, to emphasize to others how serious this virus is.
In Ewing’s post that includes a statement from the Hoyas, it was noted that the retired NBA Hall of Famer “is under care and isolated at a local hospital.” He is also the only one from his team — players and staff included — to test positive for the dreaded disease.
Patrick Ewing was the first overall selection of the 1985 NBA Draft, spending 15 years with the Knicks before retiring after two brief stints with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic from 2000 to 2002. An 11-time All-Star, Ewing was known as one of the best centers of his time along with Hakeem Olajuwon (his 1994 NBA Finals matchup) and the San Antonio Spurs’ David Robinson.
The 57-year-old spent over a decade coaching on various NBA teams, having served as an assistant for the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Magic, and Charlotte Hornets before accepting a job at his alma mater, Georgetown, in 2017. Since then, he has led the Hoyas to a 49-46 record through three seasons in the new Big East.