Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
He had waited for years to grab a NBA Head Coaching job, but it just never came for Patrick Ewing, but today it came in the former of the Head Coach of the school that made his name famous before the NBA, the Georgetown Hoyas.
Ewing, who hopes to bring back the glory days of Georgetown Basketball, did so with a good start against the woeful Jacksonville Dolphins, 73-57.
Georgetown luminaries such as Otto Porter, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning and John Thompson, his former coach. Even Michael Jordan was in attendance to see Ewing finally get to be the boss after 15 years as an NBA assistant coach.
The Dolphins lost seven seniors off last year’s team that finished sixth place in the Atlantic Sun, and their inexperience showed, unable to compete with the Hoyas in the paint, where they were outscored, 26-14. Jessie Govan and Marcus Derrickson, Ewing’s two veteran forwards, showed their younger teammates the way, combining for 40 points and 23 rebounds.
After the game Ewing was asked about getting the first win under his belt.
” It’s a great feeling to have this game under my belt. It’s been building for weeks now and to get these guys on the court, we are excited about the future of the program said,” Ewing.
After the game, the GOAT, Michael Jordan visited with the team for a few photos and to congratulate Ewing on his first victory with the team that wears his likeness on their jersey and feet.