Patrick Ewing on Getting Stopped by Garden security: ‘They Should Know Who The Hell I Am'
New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing says he's getting "accosted" at Madison Square Garden. The arena employees don't recognize the basketball Hall of Famer.
Despite a decorated 15-year career in New York, the Georgetown coach says he’s been repeatedly stopped in the back hallways by Garden security while at the Big East Tournament this week.
Ewing told reporters, “I thought this was my building. And I feel terrible that I’m getting stopped, accosted, asking for passes, everybody in this building should know who the hell I am. I’m getting stopped. I can’t move around this building. I was like, ‘What the hell? Is this Madison Square Garden?’
“I’m going to have to call [Knicks owner James Dolan] and say, ‘Geez, is my number in the rafters or what?’”
The Garden released a statement and Ewing and Dolan did speak and things have been cleared up.
Ewing, the Knicks’ No. 1 overall pick in 1985, spent just two seasons of his NBA career elsewhere, with the Seattle Supersonics and the Orlando Magic. The 11-time All-Star retired in 2002 before he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008. He is best known for his time in New York.
Now in his fourth season as head coach of the Hoyas, Ewing led his team to the semifinals of the Big East tournament for the first time since 2015. Georgetown has to win the tournament in order to participate in March Madness and the NCAA Tournament.