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Patrick Ewing is a retired Hall of Fame basketball player best known for winning Olympic gold medals in basketball in 1984 and 1992.
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Ewing was frightened by the prospect of supporting a young child as a student, but he held true to the promise he made to his mother to finish school. He turned down multiple lucrative endorsements and offers of professional ball until his graduation in 1985. That year, Ewing was in high demand by the National Basketball Association. The New York Knicks won the Draft Lottery, and selected Ewing first overall.
Although he sustained several injuries his first year in the league, Ewing still managed to average 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks per game. His performance earned Ewing the NBA Rookie of the Year title, and credibility as one of the premier centers in the league. Ewing enjoyed a successful career with the Knicks for more than 15 years, playing against opponents such as Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Scottie Pippin. He was named an NBA All-Star 11 times, made it to the All-NBA First Team and Second Team, and was a member of the original "Dream Team" at the 1992 Olympic Games.
In 2000, Patrick Ewing left the Knicks as part of a trade to the Seattle SuperSonics. After a year with the Sonics, and another with the Orlando Magic, he announced his retirement. On September 18, 2002, Ewing left professional basketball. That season, he took a job as assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. On February 28, 2003, Ewing's jersey, "No. 33" was retired in a ceremony at Madison Square Garden. In 2008, Ewing was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
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