Jamaican-born basketball Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Ewing, the current coach of Georgetown University’s basketball team, said that he has been isolated at a hospital and is the only person in the basketball program to have tested positive for the virus.
“This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones”, he tweeted on Friday.
The basketball legend was born in 1962 in Kingston. In 1975, 12-year-old Ewing moved to the United States and joined his family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He played most of his career at the New York Knicks but also played briefly with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic. The Knicks appeared in the NBA Finals twice (1994 and 1999) during his tenure. He won Olympic gold medals as a member of the 1984 and 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball teams.
In a 1996 poll celebrating the 50th anniversary of the NBA, Ewing was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
He is a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame and a U.S. Olympic Hall of Famer. He has been the coach at Georgetown since 2017.