Former NBA star Patrick Ewing tests positive for COVID-19

Former NBA star Patrick Ewing, who coaches men's basketball at Georgetown, has tested positive for COVID-19.


Former NBA player Patrick Ewing has tested positive for COVID-19.

Georgetown University confirmed the news, saying Ewing — the school's head coach for its men's basketball program — has elected to share his diagnosis publicly to emphasize that the virus can affect anyone.


"I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly," Ewing said in a statement. "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 health care workers and everyone on the front lines. I'll be fine and we will all get through this."

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Ewing played at Georgetown, winning the 1984 NCAA men's basketball championship in 1984, and was the No. 1 draft pick in 1985.

The Basketball Hall of Famer primarily played for the New York Knicks and also picked up a season with the Seattle Supersonics and Orlando Magic.

He is receiving care at a hospital.