Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing announces positive coronavirus test: 'This virus is serious'

Patrick Ewing Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Knicks legend Patrick Ewing tests positive for coronavirus

NBA legend and Georgetown University basketball coach Patrick Ewing was hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus, the school announced Friday.

Ewing, who also won Olympic gold medals with the U.S. team in 1988 and 1992, shared the news to emphasise how serious the virus is. "I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones", said Ewing.

The 57-year-old, who is the coach of the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team, confirmed the news of his positive test on social media.

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Ewing played most of his National Basketball Association career with the New York Knicks but also had stints with the Seattle SuperSonics and the Orlando Magic.

"I watched a little bit last night", Ewing said on NBCSN. The statement did not reveal the extent of how severe Ewing's case of COVID-19 is, or how he might have contracted the virus.

He also urged his supporters to take the virus seriously and look after themselves.

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© APWF FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Seton Hall, in Washington.

An 11-time NBA All-Star, Ewing also collected two Olympic golds, the second of which came when he was part of the United States" 1992 squad, dubbed the "Dream Team' because of the inclusion of so many all-time greats. The Hoyas have an overall record of 49-46 under Ewing's direction.

No Knicks player has ever scored more points, grabbed more rebounds or blocked more shots than Ewing.

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