History tends to repeat itself in various ways. Ewing starred at Georgetown as a player, then pursued a professional basketball career before he found a home on the sidelines.
Ewing’s son, Patrick Jr., is trying to create his own path, but it is one that has had some intriguing parallels with his father’s basketball life.
Patrick Ewing Jr. tried carving his own basketball life
Patrick Ewing Sr. played at Georgetown, and Patrick Jr. followed in his footsteps 20 years later.
After starting his college career at Indiana, Ewing played his last two seasons at Georgetown from 2006-08. Ewing Jr. averaged 6.1 points and 5.2 rebounds as a senior, showing enough talent — and having a name brand — that the Kings used a second-round pick on him.
Two trades that summer led to the New York Knicks, his father’s former team, acquiring Ewing Jr. for French big man Frederic Weis’s rights. However, Ewing Jr. didn’t play in an NBA game until the spring of 2011, when he averaged 0.4 points and 0.3 rebounds in seven games alongside Chris Paul and the Hornets.
Ewing added three points in two playoff games that spring. He began playing internationally in 2012 and hung up his sneakers three years later.
His father, Patrick Sr., is an NBA legend
Anything that Patrick Ewing Jr. does in his life will always invoke memories of his father.
In 17 NBA seasons, Ewing Sr. averaged 21 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game. The top pick in the 1985 NBA draft, Ewing spent the first 15 years of his career with the Knicks and earned All-Star honors in 11 of those campaigns.
The elder Ewing averaged 20.6 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks in 135 playoff games with the Knicks. Ewing entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2008 and as a member of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team in 2010.
Patrick Ewing. Jr. is following his father again
With his playing career over, Patrick Ewing Jr. is following in his father’s footsteps for the third time.
First, Ewing Jr. wound up at Georgetown, and then he spent time with the New York Knicks. Now, the son is a professional basketball coach, albeit an assistant coach for the Ottawa BlackJacks of the Canadian Elite Basketball League.
In an interview with the Ottawa Sun earlier this year, Ewing Jr. said the transition to coaching had some challenges at first.
“When I was watching some of these college guys play, I was thinking, ‘I could kill these guys if I played in a game with them. If they’re the next guys who are going to be pros, I should still be making money.’ I had to get myself at that mentality, instead of thinking that way, it was ‘How can I make these guys better, what can I tell them about my experiences?’ My end game is definitely to be a high-level coach in the industry. I’m not too picky about where it is, I just want to make sure I’m getting better every day.”
The Blackjacks are expected to open their season on Saturday, June 5, against the Hamilton Honey Badgers.