Knicks legend and current Georgetown men's basketball head coach Patrick Ewing has tested positive for coronavirus, the school announced in a statement on Friday evening.
"I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. The virus is serious and should not be taken lightly," Ewing said. "I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. I'll be fine and we will all get through this."
Georgetown also announced in the statement that Ewing is isolated at a local hospital, and that he is the only member of the men's basketball program to test positive for the virus.
An 11-time All-Star and 2008 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Ewing played his first 15 NBA seasons with the Knicks after being selected first overall out of Georgetown in 1985.
After spending time as an assistant coach with the Wizards, Rockets, Magic, and Hornets, Ewing returned to his alma mater to become head coach in 2017.
Charles Oakley, who has made some critical comments regarding Ewing recently, wished his former teammate well.
I went to war with you for ten years. I won't leave you on the battlefield now. Get well Patrick. More fights ahead. @CoachEwing33 #BrothersFight #PatrickEwing #GetWellBrother pic.twitter.com/1ZkR03bccc- Charles Oakley (@CharlesOakley34) May 23, 2020