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.
I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. 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. pic.twitter.com/a2fMuhIZyG— Patrick Ewing (@CoachEwing33) May 22, 2020
“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.
Get well soon, Big Fella. Stay strong 🧡💙 https://t.co/QV3r5IcuTw— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) May 22, 2020
My brother sorry to hear that, take care ur self— Hidayet Türkoğlu (@hidoturkoglu15) May 22, 2020
Prayers go out to @GeorgetownHoyas head coach the legendary PATRICK EWING who has been hospitalized due to coronavirus . Patrick is a gr8 guy whom I was blessed to have been part of the 2008 class with for induction into HOF @ESPN App https://t.co/u8D5vQdfAX— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) May 23, 2020
Patrick Ewing has been hospitalized with Covid. I grew up a knicks fan. The man stands tall at 7 feet and no Knick has ever scored more points, grabbed more rebounds or blocked more shots than Ewing. A legend.— Jaime Primak (@JaimePrimak) May 23, 2020
Get well sir. Get fully and completely well. @CoachEwing33
Best wishes to Patrick Ewing. Remember, the Ewing Theory is he was so good the NBA rigged the draft for the Knicks and he is our beacon and patron saint of Georgetown sports.— Lorenzo Cortes (@Hoyatexas) May 22, 2020
Get well soon my friend! Supporting you always, Patrick!— Bruce Beck (@BruceBeck4NY) May 22, 2020
Please get well soon, Coach Ewing! 💕🙏— Nancy Levine 🌊 (@nancylevine) May 22, 2020