Patrick Ewing spent his golden years in the NY Knicks uniform battling the best – Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Tim Duncan. Despite all his efforts, the NY Knicks never won an NBA title with Ewing leading the way.
With that in mind, former Knicks center said he’d never take a shortcut towards an NBA title, like some other superstars would have.
Ewing told ESPN that he wouldn’t consider being on a team with his rivals – making it easier to win the championship.
When asked if he could pair with the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird to win a title, Ewing quickly denied it.
“Probably not because we have so much of a great rivalry going against one another,” Ewing said. “Larry with his trash talking. Magic with his trash talking and also a great player. To win a championship, some people are willing to do that.”
Meanwhile, LeBron James said that he would take a pay cut to play with Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony before their careers were over.
Michael Jordan won six titles with the Bulls from 1991 to 1998 and knocked Ewing’s New York Knicks out of the playoffs in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1996.
Hall of Famer Ewing helped the NY Knicks reach the NBA finals in 1999, where the team fell to the San Antonio Spurs that won their first NBA title that year.
Ewing played 17 seasons in the NBA for the New York Knicks, Seattle Supersonics and Orlando Magic, making 11 All-Star teams. As an Olympian, the 7-foot center won gold at the 1984 and 1992 Games. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
Ewing appeared in 1183 career NBA games, starting in 1122 of them. He holds career averages of 21 ppg, 9.8 rpg and 2.4 bpg in 34.3 minutes of playing time.
He averaged career high 28.6 ppg for the Knicks during thre 1989-90 NBA season, and career high in rebounds (12.1 rpg) during the 1992-93 season. The Knicks retired Ewing’s No. 33 jersey in 2003.
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