NBA Hall of Famer in hospital after positive virus test

Patrick Ewing is in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. Pic: Getty

NBA legend Patrick Ewing has been hospitalised after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 57-year-old, who is the coach of the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team, confirmed the news of his positive test on social media.

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He also urged his supporters to take the virus seriously and look after themselves.

"I'll be fine and we will all get through this," Ewing said.

“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.”

“Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines,” Ewing said.

“I’ll be fine and get through this.”

Georgetown confirmed that the basketball legend is in isolation at a local hospital.

The university says no other members of its basketball program have tested positive.

Ewing is entering his fourth season as the Hoyas' head coach and has compiled a 49-46 overall record (19-35 Big East).

The former centre led Georgetown to the 1984 NCAA Tournament championship over Houston, one of three title-game appearances he made during his collegiate career.

The Hoyas lost to Michael Jordan’s North Carolina in 1982 and to Villanova in 1985.

Basketball world wishes Ewing a speedy recovery

The NBA Hall of Famer received well wishes from across the basketball world after news of his positive test.