Patrick Ewing, #33
Patrick Ewing as an All-Star has been a way of life since that joyous day when the Knicks won the right in the initial NBA lottery to select the Gerogetown University All-America center with the first pick in the 1985 Draft. Ewing will not only go down in history as one of the greatest players ever to put on a Knicks uniform, but one of the finest players of any era. Ewing was duly noted last season when he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History during the NBA's 50 year celebration. But, really, did anyone think the Knicks would let Ewing return for the 1998 All-Star Game at the Garden wearing another teams uniform? Perhaps Buck Williams captured the essence of the situation when the Knicks forward stated, " Patrick Ewing is Knicks Basketball."
New York, Dec. 21 -- Patrick Ewing will miss the remainder of the season due to a Lunate dislocation and torn ligaments of the right wrist, it was announced today by Knicks president and general manager Ernie Grunfeld.
Ewing had successful surgery on the wrist this morning at Beth Israel Hospital North Division. The two-hour surgical procedure was performed by Dr. Susan Craig Scott and Dr. Charles Melone, assisted by Knicks team physician Dr. Norman Scott.
"Losing Patrick for the rest of the year is a definite blow, but injuries, and overcoming them, are a part of the game, " said Grunfeld. "While our immediate thoughts are with Patrick, we have a great group of guys and a tremendous amount of depth on this team. Everyone must now step up and help to fill the void that Patrick's injury has left."
The injury occured with 24.9 seconds left in the first half of last night's game at Milwaukee when Andrew Lang fouled Ewing as he was attempting to convert an alley-oop pass from Charlie Ward. Ewing stayed in the game and went to the foul line for two (lefthanded) free throws, missing both. He played the rest of the first half and then left the game for X-rays.
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