NBA: Patrick Ewing's turn to be struck by the virus

WASHINGTON – Knicks legend Patrick Ewing, who became a Georgetown trainer, has been tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated in a hospital.

"This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly," said the Pantheon member in a statement released by the Hoyas.

“I want to remind everyone to stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones. More than ever, I want to thank health professionals and all those on the front line. I'll manage to deal with that. We will pass through. "

Georgetown said the 57-year-old is the only member of the men's basketball program to contract the coronavirus.

As a player, Ewing helped Georgetown win the NCAA championship in 1984. He was also a member of two clubs that were defeated in the finals.

Chosen first overall in 1985 by the Knicks, Ewing took part in the NBA finals in 1994. New York was however beaten by Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets.

Ewing has played for 17 seasons in the NBA, including 15 with the Knicks. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

After retirement, Ewing spent 15 years as an assistant in the NBA, with four teams.

In April 2017, he returned to Georgetown for his first job as a head coach.

In his first three seasons at the helm, his squads were 49-46.