It’s Official, Patrick Ewing Deserves His Own ’30 For 30′
By: Holly Schnicke
Yesterday, it was announced that Patrick Ewing will be leaving the Charlotte Hornets to take the head coach position at his alma mater, Georgetown. And with this news, I feel even more that we are one step closer to FINALLY receiving the Patrick Ewing 30 for 30 that we so desperately NEED and frankly, DESERVE.
As avid 30 for 30 fans and lovers of sport (and the drama that comes with it), my sister and I have been (not so) patiently waiting for King Ewing to finally receive the honor of being immortalized with his very own 30 for 30 feature.
Why, you ask, are we so impassioned and determined that Ewing get his own 30 for 30? Mainly, because he has been featured in no less than six other 30 for 30s in one capacity or another. Including, but not limited to: Requiem for the Big East, Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks, Bad Boys, June 17th, 1994, Going Big and Phi Slama Jama. I am certain there are more, but you get this point.
Honestly, it’s starting to feel like he is pranking me and 30 for 30 fans everywhere by appearing in EVERY 30 for 30 that he is even remotely connected too – each time, infuriating me more and more. GIVE HIM THE SPOTLIGHT HE DESERVES, ESPN.
I was first introduced to Ewing in the transformative 1996 film, Space Jam. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, first – what is wrong with you??? Stop reading this and immediately watch Space Jam. Second – Ewing plays himself, along with fellow 90’s basketball superstars Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues. Their talents were stolen by the Nerdlucks transforming in to Monstars. Even at the young age of six, I knew then that I really connected with the players, mainly off the court, as they struggled with the loss of their talents.
Since then, and with every 30 for 30 he is mentioned in, my love for him has grown. I really have no real reason for this intense, unexplained love, but it has never wavered. I think, perhaps, in comparison to some of his athletic contemporaries (most notably Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon), it was easy for his incredible athletic ability to be overshadowed. But his greatness is undeniable. So great, in fact, that Shaq cried just thinking about Ewing.
Here are a few directions we could take Ewing’s 30 for 30:
- Life as Part of the Dream Team – I know I would personally LOVE to hear all about the behind the scenes antics of OG Dream Team. JUST LOOK AT THESE SMILE-Y GUYS.
- Relationship with John Thompson – JT, the first African- American head coach to win an NCAA Championship, and Ewing have a close father/son-esque relationship. If the G-Town thing goes well, this would be an amazing passing of the torch type of 30 for 30.
- The Beginning of the Short-Sleeve Undershirt Look – Apparently, Ewing started this look while at Georgetown.
- The Knicks: The Ewing Era – Ewing single-handedly re-energized this franchise in the 80’s – only to be thwarted in a seven game series against the Reggie Miller and the Pacers in 1995
- THE EWING THEORY – I mean, helllllloooo. I am not sure if this is exactly the kind of spotlight I am looking for for my basketball hero, but I feel like there is something here.
- The Block Heard Round the World – 5’3” vs 7’0” – All 5’3” of Mugsey Bogues blocks 7-foot Ewing’s shot – who doesn’t want more of that.
- Patrick Ewing: The Gentle Giant – I really can’t confirm that Ewing is gentle. But, I do know that he is really, really tall.
- Patrick Ewing: The Darth Vader of Basketball – Idk how this would go, but if the 30 for 30 geniuses could figure out how to combine Ewing AND Darth Vader into one episode, I would surely explode into sprinkles.
My true hope for Patrick and his inevitable 30 for 30 is this: he becomes the first NBA superstar to lead an NCAA team to an undefeated season and National Championship, returning Georgetown to their basketball glory.
Ewing has a full year to get the Hoyas back on top, and in the meantime, I will be cataloging all of the 30 for 30’s he has ever been in.
Over and out, P. Ewing’s #1 Fan