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Patrick Ewing
Patrick Ewing
Position: -
Born: 08/05/62
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
Earnings: $112,693,120 ($211,296,966*)
Grady grew up in Indianapolis during the Pacers’ heyday, when Miller and Mark Jackson were battling with Jordan’s Bulls and Patrick Ewing’s Knicks for Eastern Conference supremacy. Watching his team from the Midwest get overlooked and discounted in favor of the bigger-market teams instilled in him a defiance — an audacity, as he likes to put it — that could serve him well here in Minnesota. “You have the Lakers and Golden State and these big markets and these teams with players that are household names,” Grady said. “You mention Minnesota competing with them and some people might not take that seriously. But you have to have the audacity that you can go toe-to-toe with anybody out there. Being able to be a part of fanning the flame for what this franchise is building is something that I take very seriously and I’m really excited about.”
Oakley already sensed Dolan wasn’t fond of him. The former power forward had been publicly critical of the struggling Knicks, who had descended into misery under the owner. Oakley felt he never received the same ‘Once a Knick, Always a Knick’ treatment of some of his former teammates, including team employees John Starks and Allan Houston. “Me, Anthony Mason, and Patrick Ewing were always on the outside — they never offered us anything (job-wise) worth taking,” Oakley wrote. “I don’t know, maybe we didn’t kiss ass like some other guys did.”
Ewing played in 1,183 regular-season games and had an astounding 139 playoff appearances over the course of his decorated career. Dynamic and versatile as any other big man on offense, Ewing was the centerpiece of his team and always the main point of emphasis for the opposition. The Knicks ran their offense through the former Georgetown star for 15 seasons, from the start as the No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft to his last year in New York in 2000. “He was long and (had) sharp elbows, and so you knew it was going to be a battle,” said Dudley, who recalls having to guard Ewing for several years before joining the Knicks late in his career. “He was so very athletic; he had that jumper. That was his bread and butter. He was very good at it. When he got to his spot, he was automatic.”