Georgetown head coach and New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing shared with the public on Friday evening that he had tested positive for the novel COVID-19 virus.
Ewing has been isolated in a local hospital. No one else in the Georgetown program has tested positive for the virus. The Hall of Famer chose to publicize his diagnosis in order to emphasize the severity of the virus.
Several athletes all across the sports world took to Twitter to send their best wishes to the 57-year-old.
First was Charles Oakley, who spent over a decade as Ewing's teammate with the Knicks.
I went to war with you for ten years. I won’t leave you on the battlefield now. Get well Patrick. More fights ahead. @CoachEwing33 #BrothersFight #PatrickEwing #GetWellBrother pic.twitter.com/1ZkR03bccc— Charles Oakley (@CharlesOakley34) May 23, 2020
The Knicks organization sent out a tweet offering their best wishes to their former star.
Get well soon, Big Fella. Stay strong 🧡💙 https://t.co/QV3r5IcuTw— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) May 22, 2020
Next was Dikembe Mutumbo, who became a star at Georgetown three years after Ewing departed for the NBA.
Jessie Govan, who played for Georgetown from 2015-2019 and spent two seasons under Ewing, tweeted his support for his former head coach.
Others such as Swin Cash, Vernon Maxwell and Bill Russell all send their support, too.
You got this Pat🙏🏾 We’re in prayer and sending love from NOLA... https://t.co/fmnbvnWxzC— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) May 23, 2020
Hoping for a speedy recovery for Patrick Ewing.— Vernon Maxwell (@VernonMaxwell11) May 23, 2020
We are thinking of you and your family during this very serious time. Thank you for sharing your story and shining a light on how it should not be taken lightly. 🙏🏾 🙏🏾🙏🏾We all know your are a fighter, speedy recovery my friend. @NBA @Hoophall #coronavirus https://t.co/wa4TnUoshx— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) May 23, 2020
Get well soon, Pat.
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