Ewing also made sure to let people know that they should be taking the virus seriously and that it is truly no laughing matter. "I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones".
Ewing, 57, is now "under care and isolated" at a local hospital. Now more than ever, I want to thank healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines.
"I'll be fine and we will all get through this", Ewing said.
Patrick Ewing has tested positive for coronavirus, and is sharing his diagnosis to raise public awareness. He scored nearly 25,000 points and had more than 11,000 rebounds in his 17-year career.
There were more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States as of Friday afternoon, according to The New York Times, and almost 96,000 deaths attributed to it.
Patrick Ewing was the first overall selection of the 1985 NBA Draft, spending 15 years with the Knicks before retiring after two brief stints with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic from 2000 to 2002.
The 57-year-old spent over a decade coaching on various National Basketball Association teams, having served as an assistant for the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Magic, and Charlotte Hornets before accepting a job at his alma mater, Georgetown, in 2017.
In his first three seasons at his alma mater, Ewing's teams have gone a combined 49-46 with zero trips to the NCAA Tournament.
The school said the 57-year-old Ewing is the only member of its men's program who has contracted the coronavirus.