"...You're probably wondering how Patrick Ewing is similar to Donovan McNabb. Let's take a look.Ewing's issue was that he couldn't seal the deal and talked a big game. He wanted that pressure, but couldn't ultimately deliver. It's a fair knock. McNabb, to me, is a great quarterback who ran into better teams. That's the biggest similarity for me. Ewing was a first overall pick big man who had impossible expectations to live up to. Ask Greg Oden what that feels like.
The Knicks drafted Patrick Ewing with the No. 1 pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. By the early 90's, the Knicks were one of the league's elite teams that had the misfortune of peaking at the same time that Michael Jordan and the Bulls also peaked. Upon Jordan's retirement at the end of the 1993 NBA season, the Knicks became the favorite to emerge out of the Eastern Conference and emerge they did earning a birth in the 1994 NBA Finals against Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets.
Thanks to a combination of Hakeem Olajuwon being a better center than Ewing and Pat Riley allowing John Starks to shoot 2-18 from the field, 0-11 from three and 0-10 in the fourth quarter, Ewing came up short in his championship quest. Did Olajuwon outplay Ewing? Yes. This is because he was a superior player not because Ewing wasn't clutch.
The next season the Knicks were thwarted in their attempt to win a ring by Reggie Miller and the Pacers as Ewing's game-tying layup attempt rimmed out as time expired in Game 7. This is remembered as proof as why Ewing sucked as a clutch player and why the Knicks never won a ring..."
David Robinson needed Tim Duncan. Shaq finally realized he needed Kobe because of free throw woes limiting his touches in the 4th quarter. Dream was the best center of all of them in my opinion- and Ewing was just one game away. In the end, despite a tremendous career, he just didn't get it done. I think his year was 1997, myself.