Speaking personally, I'm agitated that Patrick Ewing is an assistant on another team. I'm tired of honoring the guy when he's a member of another organization. He should be every bit what Don Mattingly was to that generation of Yankee fans, that is to say he should be the guy who played hard and for whatever reason just fell short of being a champion.
Clearly for Mattingly, it was his back and what hurts even more for Yankee fans is the fact that Donnie Baseball couldn't hold up a few more years so that he could have been consumed by the Dynasty and headed directly to the Hall of Fame with a few rings in his back pocket. Sure, a strike in 1994 may have hampered DB's real shot at a ring, I mean the guy was hitting .304 and bringing it at the time, but did the Yanks have any shot against the Expos had the season played out? We'll never know... But, without question, he goes down as an iconic Yankee.
I use Mattingly as the example because, despite not playing that long in comparision to Patrick, can anyone name a better long-term New York athlete that didn't become a champion over the past 3 decades? Curtis Martin? Nah, didn't play long enough. And what are the ramifications on Ewing because he fell short?
I've said this far too often. Ewing's greatness is overlooked. It just is. The guy got everything out of himself and his game despite the lofty expectations. No one worked harder and no one played hurt with more on the line. If you were asked to sign on the dotted line for Ewing's career stats the day he was drafted you'd have to. Yet, as we all know, players are defined by championships.
Sure he wasn't a media darling for whatever reason. Who knows why? And really, who cares?
The guy was a warrior who had us at the top of the conference for a decade and he's been called the "Greatest Knick ever" by Clyde Frazier.
Please feel free to post your thoughts on Patrick. The good, the bad...whatever.
Should he be a part of this organization? Will he ever? Why hasn't he? Has the door closed on one of the greatest to wear the jersey? Are you tired of seeing him wave to the crowd from the opposing bench?
I'd love to hear what you guys have to say about #33.