Standing Tall

The first time these ears actually heard him speak, in-person, was in the immediate aftermath of the 1984 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game when … after vanquishing the Houston Cougars (including his long-time rival and fellow 2008 Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee, Hakeem Olajuwon) … he stood speechless, beside his teammate and friend, Reggie Williams, lost for words to describe what he was feeling at that precise moment.

To think …

from humble beginnings like THIS …

Part II

“What I’ve watched Patrick do is to adjust to difficult conditions … and then face them … which is what good leaders do.”Steve Jenkins, 8th Grade Coach

[FYI … here’s Part I, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI & Part VII … give yourself a real treat and watch them all!]

to where he eventually went with his career …

Centerpiece of the New York Knicks

Centerpiece of the New York Knicks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and where he’s at today …

Speaking live at Madison Square Garden

Speaking live at MSG

Raising his number to the rafters

Raising his number

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘the Big Man’ … originally from Kingston, Jamaica, and then Cambridge’s (MA) Rindge & Latin High School, and then Georgetown University (Washington, DC) … has the utmost (and unquestionnable) RESPECT of this corner.

Kudos to you, Patrick Ewing … Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee (2008) … you’ve come a long way!

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