September 22, 2020

Patrick Ewing – The Man Behind Ewing Athletic

Patrick Ewing was born in 1962, in Kingston, Jamaica, a place that is well known for producing great athletes. Take the likes of Usain Bolt for example. While Ewing had strong Jamaican roots, he made the move to the United States in 1975, to join his family living in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ewing learned to play basketball at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, before finally ending up playing ball for the Georgetown Hoyas, at Georgetown University, in Washington D.C.


Ewing was a Georgetown freshman in the 1981-82 basketball season, and he was the first freshman college player to ever start, and star, on the Hoya varsity team. This was a great achievement by anyones standards, and signaled great things to come from Ewing.

As a Hoya, Ewing was one of the best college players of the 1980’s. Georgetown reached the championship game of the NCAA tournament 3 out of 4 years that he was there, and he was a first-team All-American.

Ewing also became a trend setter as he got into the habit of wearing a t-shirt underneath his jersey, and this started a fashion trend amongst other athletes around him, and is something that is still popular today – just check out Anthony Davis during his time at Kentucky University.


The NBA held the first ever Draft Lottery in 1985, to stop teams losing on purpose, in order get better chances in picking a great player in the draft itself.

In that 1985 Draft Lottery, the New York Knicks won the first pick, and they used it to select Patrick Ewing, first overall.

In his rookie year, Ewing struggled with injuries, but that didn’t stop him getting the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, after managing to average 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game

That was a good sign of things to come, as Ewing would go on to be named an NBA All-Star 11 times, was once a member of the All-NBA First Team, 6 times a member of the All-NBA Second Team, and named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team 3 times.

Ewing was also a member of perhaps the greatest basketball team ever assembled, in the USA Dream Team that won gold at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics, and it has also been honoured as on the 50 greatest NBA players of all time.

In 2000, Ewing left the Knicks in a trade that saw him travel cross-country to join the Seattle SuperSonics. After a year in Seattle, Ewing moved to join the Orlando Magic. In 2002, Ewing announced his retirement, and became an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards.

In 1,183 games over 16 seasons, Ewing averaged 21.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game, and averaged better than a 50 percent shooting percentage.


His number 33 was retired by the Knicks in 2003.

On April 7, 2008 he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on September 5, 2008 along with former NBA coach Pat Riley and former Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon.


In the late 1980’s it became popular for NBA stars to have their own signature basketball shoe, and Ewing was no different, except in the fact that he took the signature shoe one step further by setting up his own shoe company.

Ewing Athletics was born in 1989, and first model that was produced, and that Ewing wore briefly for the 1989 season, was the Ewing Rebound. The first main public shoe release for the company, however, was he Ewing 33 Hi. The 33 Hi remained in production and a top seller for years, and was featured in many album covers and music videos of the era.

Patrick wore the Ewing 33 Hi during the 1990 season, which was one of the best of his career. He averaged 28.6 points a game, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks while shooting 55% from the field.

In 1991 Ewing wore the Center, and introduced the Concept for the 1992 season. In the summer of 1992 he would wear a special version of the Eclipse in White/Red/Blue with a #6 on the back instead of his customary #33 to commemorate the 1992 Olympic Games which was the first US Mens Team to include professional players.

In 1993, Patrick sported the Ewing Focus, which also became one of the most popular Ewing models. In 1994, Ewing wore the Domain for the regular season, and the Image for the 1994 play-offs and 1995 season.

In 1996, Ewing wore the Empire, which would end up being the final shoe to be produced by Ewing Athletics, before the re-incarnation of the company in 2012.

Ewing Athletics relaunched last year, due to the popular demand of the retro Ewing shoes online. So far, Ewing Athletics has brought us the fully fitted retro version of the Ewing 33 Hi, with loads more Ewing shoe models to look forward to in the coming months and years.

Source by Christopher M Green

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