Georgetown Hoyas head coach and basketball Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing has tested positive for COVID-19. Ewing announced his diagnosis through the following post on Twitter:
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
Ewing was the first-overall selection in the 1985 NBA Draft, being named an All-Star 11-times in his tenure with the New York Knicks. Ewing also had short stints with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic prior to his retirement in 2002, serving in coaching capacities ever since.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought professional sports to a standstill, with the NCAA canceling this year’s iteration of the March Madness tournament due to the outbreak. The NBA season has also been at a standstill for over two months, with some teams now beginning to resume operations on a limited basis.