- The Washington Times - Monday, January 13, 2003


Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
IMMORTALIZED AT THE MECCA The New York Knicks announced they will retire the No.33 of former Georgetown great Patrick Ewing at halftime of the Knicks game against the Orlando Magic on Feb.28. Ewing, an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards, was the No.1 overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. He led the Hoyas to the 1984 NCAA national championship.
Ewing played 15 of his 17 seasons in the NBA with the Knicks and averaged 21 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.45 blocks over 1,183 games. The 7-foot, 255-pound center was an 11-time NBA All-Star and leads the Knicks in almost every statistical category: games played (1,039), points scored (23,665), rebounds (10,759), blocked shots (2,758), and steals (1,061).
"Patrick was the symbol of all that was great about New York basketball over a 15-year span that included two NBA Finals appearances and four division titles, and we feel there is no finer honor to bestow upon him than to have his number take it's rightful place in the rafters with the other franchise greats," said Steve Mills, president of Sports Team Operations and Madison Square Garden.
Ewing will be the eighth Knicks player to have his number retired. He'll join Walt Frazier (10), Dick Barnett (12), Earl Monroe and Dick McGuire each (15), Willis Reed (19), Dave DeBusschere (22) and Bill Bradley (24).
SORRY, BIG MAN Wesley Wilson, Georgetown's 6-11 senior center, played just two minutes against the much smaller Mountaineers. Was the reason for Wilson's lack of playing time physical, emotional, or disciplinary? Nope, matchup problems. "I was concerned with Wesley being in the game to begin with," Georgetown coach Craig Esherick said. "[Kevin] Pittsnogle [West Virginia's 6-10 freshman forward] is one of the best shooters in the league. Wesley is just not good at going out and playing people on the perimeter."
FOGGY BOTTOM MELTDOWN Apparently, Red Auerbach has seen enough of his beloved 6-7 George Washington Colonials. The legendary NBA coach, a GW graduate, attends virtually every Colonials home game, but yesterday he sat courtside as he made his first appearance at a Hoyas game this season.
Ken Wright

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