Friday , Jun , 14 , 2013 Paul Eide

Knicks Legend Patrick Ewing Says KKK “Klan Rally” Stopped Him From Attending North Carolina

If Patrick Ewing would’ve stayed at a different hotel during a recruiting visit, imagine a UNC squad that would’ve boasted Ewing and Michael Jordan.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Ewing also mentioned that legendary Tarheel coach Dean Smith even recommended joining the Hoyas if he wasn’t going to choose UNC.

 

Knicks hall of fame center Patrick Ewing famously led the University of Georgetown to a national championship during his college career. But if it weren’t for a very weird situation he witnessed, Ewing may have donned "Carolina Blue" instead.

Speaking on The Dan Patrick Show, Ewing explained a situation he encountered on a recruiting visit to the University of North Carolina that had an impact on his final decison of where to take his basketball talents. 

"I was close [to attending UNC]. North Carolina was a very good school but, you know, when I went down there they put me in that Carolina Inn and there was a big Ku Klux Klan rally at North Carolina when I was there," said Ewing during an interview with DP that aired on Thursday.." And I’m like, ‘You know what? I’m not coming down here. I’m staying my butt back in Boston.’"

As it worked out, Ewing ultimately joined legendary coach John Thompson at Georgetown where he became one of the best collegiate centers of all-time.

Ewing played in the NBA for 17 years and was an 11 time all-star. Since he retired he has been an assistant coach over the past 11 years for the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic and has been a candidate for multiple head coaching jobs.

But thanks to a fantastic Snickers ad campaign and a guest appearance as "Patrick Chewing" a couple years ago, Ewing has remained culturally relevant.

Join me, as I stroll down Memory Lane (Population: Us) and re-enjoy the terrific 17 second spot:

Ewing also re-launched his signature line of shoes that I would totally buy and wear, if they didn’t make me look like such a dork.

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