NBA legend Patrick Ewing, 57, is rushed to hospital with coronavirus and placed in isolation as he describes COVID-19 as something ‘not to be taken lightly’
- Ewing was admitted to a Washington, D.C. hospital Friday evening
- The former New York Knicks star has released a statement saying the virus is ‘serious’, but insists ‘he will be fine’
- He currently serves as head coach of Georgetown University’s basketball team; the school says no other member of the program has tested positive to the virus
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NBA Legend Patrick Ewing has been hospitalized after testing positive to COVID-19.
The Basketball Hall of Famer and former New York Knicks center, 57, was admitted to a Washington, D.C. hospital Friday evening and is now in isolation.
Ewing, who is currently the head coach of Georgetown University’s basketball team, released a statement through the elite school confirming his diagnosis.
‘I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,’ the statement read.
‘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.’
NBA Legend Patrick Ewing has been hospitalized after testing positive to COVID-19. The former New York Knicks center now serves as the head coach of Georgetown University’s basketball team. He is pictured on the sidelines of a game last year
Ewing did not disclose when he tested positive to the virus, or where he believes he contracted it.
ESPN reports that Ewing is the ‘only member of the Georgetown men’s basketball program to have tested positive for the virus’.
Ewing played for Georgetown himself while he was a college student, before he was drafted to the NBA in 1985.
He played for the New York Knicks for 15 seasons, where he was an eleven-time all-star.
Ewing played for the New York Knicks for 15 seasons between 1985 and 1988. He is pictured on court at Madison Square Garden in 1988