Patrick Aloysius Ewing has assisted various teams on the sidelines over the last couple of years – but he will forever remain a New York Knickerbocker. # 33 carried that squad on his back all the way thru the nineties (which was the last time they were any good, coincidentally). As a young and enormously talented college star, Ewing laid the foundation for a tradition of premier big men in Georgetown, where coach John Thompson would build on the legacy with Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutumbo. The “Hoya Destroya” was the anchor and focus of a legendarily scrappy Knicks squad feat. dependable warriors like Charles Oakley, Mark Jackson as well as freakyfknweirdodopedudes like Anthony Mason and John Starks – and let’s not forget Charles Smith, the only man ever to get blocked about a gazillion times on one offensive play. Ewing never won an NBA title – but was part of the original Dream Team in 1992, flossed a mean flat-top fade and was the best sweater (yes, that’s someone who sweats a lot) we’ve ever seen. Helluva dude!

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