Whenever Patrick Ewing unfurled his long arms… stretched them out, waaaay out… then began to flap his hands up and down, you knew something magnetic and electric (electromagnetic?) was happening in the Garden. For 15 seasons, Ewing genuinely gave New York Knicks fans something to cheer about, even if the experience resembled a rollercoaster ride, which may I remind you, is a thrilling experience.
The lithe shot-blocking and rim-shaking center was the #1 overall pick in the 1985 draft and would help the Knicks recover from the loss of Bernard King. Ewing himself didn’t disappoint during his first few seasons averaging 20.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, and 2.5 BPG. The team, though, was a long way from contention, making the playoffs once in the period with an underwhelming 38-44 record.
Things took off for the Knicks in 1989, though, as they blew up their Twin Tower experiment of Ewing and Bill…
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