Georgetown men's basketball coach and Hoyas and NBA legend Patrick Ewing tested positive for COVID-19, it was announced Friday.
The university said in a statement that Ewing, 57, was isolated in a local hospital. Ewing released his own statement urging people to take the new coronavirus disease seriously.
"I'm fine and we're all going to get through this," said Ewing.
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 yourself and your loved ones. pic.twitter.com/a2fMuhIZyG
– Patrick Ewing (@ CoachEwing33) May 22, 2020Advertisement
No other member of the program has tested positive, said Georgetown.
Ewing is entering his fourth season as head coach of the Hoyas. He compiled a general record of 49-46 (19-35 Big East). The former center led Georgetown to the 1984 NCAA Tournament Championship in Houston, one of three appearances in the title game he made during his college career. The Hoyas lost to North Carolina and Michael Jordan in 1982 and to Villanova in 1985.
The Basketball Hall of Famer received the best wishes from around the world, starting with the Knicks, the team with which he played for 15 NBA seasons.
My brother sorry to hear that, take care of yourself
– Hidayet Türkoğlu (@ hidoturkoglu15) May 22, 2020
Prayer for a speedy recovery OG!
– Quentin Richardson (@QRich) May 22, 2020