NBA legend Patrick Ewing, 57, is hospitalized with coronavirus and isolated when he describes COVID-19 as something that shouldn't be taken lightly.
- Ewing was hospitalized in Washington DC on Friday evening and is currently in isolation
- The former New York Knicks star has released a statement saying the virus is "serious," but insists that he will be fine.
- He is currently the head coach of the basketball team at Georgetown University. The school says that no other member of the program tested positive for the virus
- By Friday evening, more than 1.6 million Americans had received COVID-19 and more than 95,000 had died
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NBA legend Patrick Ewing was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.
The Basketball Hall of Famer and the former New York Knicks Center  were hospitalized in Washington, DC on Friday night and are now isolated.
Ewing, who is currently the head coach of the Georgetown University basketball team, released a statement from the elite school confirming his diagnosis.
& # 39; I would like to say that I tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly, ”the statement said.
“I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of themselves and their loved ones. I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone at the forefront more than ever. I'm fine and we'll all get through. & # 39;
NBA legend Patrick Ewing was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19. The former New York Knicks Center is now the head coach of the Georgetown University basketball team. He is pictured on the sidelines of a game last year
Ewing played 15 seasons for the New York Knicks between 1985 and 1988. It is pictured on the square in Madison Square Garden in 1988
Ewing did not disclose when he tested positive for the virus or where he thinks he has been infected.
ESPN reports that Ewing is "the only member of the Georgetown men's basketball program that tested positive for the virus."
The Jamaican-born star played as a student for Georgetown before moving in to the NBA in 1985.
He played 15 seasons for the New York Knicks, where he was an all-star eleven times. Ewing then played one season with the now defunct Seattle SuperSonics and one season with the Orlando Magic.
The NBA superstar also won two Olympic gold medals as a member of the U.S. basketball teams at the 1988 and 1992 games.
Ewing shares three adult children, Patrick Jr., Randi and Corey, with ex-wife Rita Williams.
Ewing also won two gold medals as a member of the US basketball teams at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics. He is pictured at the 1992 games in Barcelona, Spain
Charles Oakley, who played with Ewing for the Knicks between 1988 and 1998, posted his good wishes on Twitter
After the news of his hospital stay, Ewing was flooded with support messages from fans and his former teammates.
Charles Oakley, who played with Ewing for the Knicks between 1988 and 1998, wrote on Twitter: “I went to war with you for ten years. I'm not going to leave you on the battlefield right now. Get well soon Patrick. More fights are ahead. & # 39;
By Friday evening, more than 1.6 million Americans had tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 95,000 had died.
The virus has made a number of current NBA stars sick – including Utah jazz star Rudy Gobert and striker Christian Wood from Detroit Pistons.
Four players from the Brooklyn Nets also tested positive for the corona virus, although everyone recovered completely.
The NBA was already suspended in March during the COVID 19 outbreak.
ESPN reported earlier this week that "NBA teams expect the league to issue guidelines in early June that will allow franchisees to recall players as a first step towards resuming the season."
Ewing did not disclose when he tested positive for the virus or where he thinks he has been infected