Patrick Ewing may have given the Knicks what they need
With the New York Knicks having traveled to Washington D.C. on Monday to face the Wizards in their first preseason game, head coach David Fizdale got in contact with Knicks’ legend Patrick Ewing.
Ewing, who’s now the head coach at Georgetown, which is of course located in D.C., was asked to speak with Fizdale’s young group of players.
It was only a 10 minute speech, but it sounds like the players were inspired.
“Everybody was shocked and clapping,” center Enes Kanter said, via the NY Post.
Even though the Knicks have been bad for almost the past 20 years, Ewing talked about what it means to play for a storied franchise.
“He really talked to the guys about the special moment they’re in to wear that jersey,’’ Fizdale said before the preseason opener. “He’s the greatest Knick when you look at his numbers and All-Star games. It was just an honor. He really spoke to them on a level — like a college coach. And he didn’t make it about himself but all of them, together. What it means to be a Knick.
“Think about a kid like Mitchell Robinson. If he gets to spend any time with Patrick Ewing, it’s a plus for us. Whether it’s off-the-court stuff, NYC, or the big-man position. Enes [Kanter] was glowing today. He knows his history.”
Kanter really enjoyed listening to Ewing.
“A very good talker,” Kanter said. “You don’t see centers talk like that.”
Kanter believes that what Ewing said will motivate the team going forward.
“The greatest Knick ever, one of the best to ever play the game,’’ Kanter said. “We can learn a lot from him. I just talked to the guy a little bit. Seeing a guy like that gives you so much motivation. It was a very good surprise.”
After Ewing’s speech, the Knicks were able to pull out an overtime win over the Wizards with guys like Kevin Knox, Damyean Dotson, Alonzo Trier all looking good.