Seeing Patrick Ewing so expressive is a strange and wonderful thing.
Here’s this man who, by far, was the best player on the team in the biggest city in the country, and is, to many, a bonafide legend.
Modern history, though, mostly ignores him. Partially because of his lack of rings, partially for how comically close, yet so far away from a title his Knicks were, and partially because there were arguably better centers than him in his prime.
He averaged at least 20 points a game in his first 13 years. 11 straight seasons of 10 or more rebounds per game. His best season was the 1989-90 campaign, during which he averaged 28 points, 11 rebounds, and a startling 4 blocks per game. For people to remember this man as a shiller of Snickers, an expressionless assistant coach, and a punchline to a joke about Atlanta strip clubs is a travesty.
Patrick Ewing, you’re a legend. Come and get your dap.