Poor Patrick Ewing, man. He just cannot escape Michael Jordan.
The rivalry between the two began when they squared off in the NCAA championship game in 1982 while Ewing was at Georgetown and Jordan at North Carolina. Jordan’s Tar Heels famously toppled the Hoyas on a last-second game-winner by Jordan, which Ewing was situated right under the basket to watch splash the net.
Then, there were the storied Bulls-Knicks clashes throughout the 1990s, a decade Jordan and the Bulls dominated. All in all, the two teams faced off in five playoff series from 1990 to the end of the dynasty, and the Bulls went 4-1 in those matchups (with the one loss being in Jordan’s hiatus year).
Now, a global documentary event on Michael Jordan and the dynasty Bulls is the singular talk of the sports world. Ewing is taking it in relative stride.
“I had to live through that,” Ewing said with a laugh on the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday. “I had to live through all of the battles that we had to go through, and now you all have a documentary that you have to keep rubbing it in my face."
Ewing added that he has watched “some” of the documentary before running off to do other things.
Fair enough. As Ewing said, he lived it.
Later, the former Knicks center told Patrick that he and Jordan have maintained a fast friendship from their days as McDonald’s All-Americans until now. Ewing, of course, agreed to an interview for “The Last Dance,” in spite of residual resentment one might expect.
Given the current timeline (Episode 6 ended with the Bulls capping their first three-peat and a foreshadowing of Jordan’s first retirement), further appearances are probably coming soon. Director Jason Hehir told ESPN’s Jalen Rose and David Jacoby earlier this week that “what we tackle in Episodes 7 and 8 next week is what it was like to play with Michael, and then what it was like to play against him, in 7 and 8, respectively.”
And who knows more intimately the perils of playing against Jordan than Ewing? Just don’t expect him to be waiting with bated breath for the premiere.