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Patrick Ewing - Madison Square Guardian

Classic 80s NBA Posters

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Perhaps the current Knicks could use guard dogs to protect the paint?
Patrick Ewing - Madison Square Guardian

Patrick Ewing protects the paint as the "Madison Square Guardian"

Courtesy of the Costacos Brothers and Salon 94, New York
NBA fans probably remember Patrick Ewing best as one of the best jump-shooting big men in league history. But don't forget - coming out of Georgetown as the first number-one pick of the NBA lottery era, Ewing was also regarded as a defensive monster.

Ewing won one national championship with the Georgetown Hoyas - over Ackeem Olajuwon (That's how he spelled his name while in college), Ralph Sampson and the Houston Cougars in 1984. His Hoyas lost in the championship game in 1982 (to Michael Jordan and James Worthy's Carolina Tar Heels) and in 1985, to the upstart Villanova Wildcats.

Ewing was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1985, and made 11 all-star teams. But like Charles Barkley and Karl Malone, his dreams of an NBA title were thwarted by his college rivals, Jordan and Olajuwon.

Ewing was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

He currently serves as a tutor to one of the top big men of this generation, Dwight Howard, as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic.

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