Can a franchise legend deliver Zion to the Knicks?
The Knicks are turning to Patrick Ewing in hopes of lottery luck and the chance to draft Duke star Zion Williamson.
Ewing, who was the top prize when the Knicks won (unless you believe the conspiracy theories), the NBA’s first draft lottery back in 1985, will represent the floundering franchise on stage at the draft lottery on May 14 in Chicago.
The Knicks, who finished with the NBA’s worst record this season at 17-65 – tying the worst mark in franchise history, made the announcement on Saturday.
“We’re proud to have one of the all-time Knicks greats sit on the dais on behalf of the team, the city and the fans,” Knicks president Steve Mills said.
Ewing, who helped lead the Knicks to two Finals appearances during his 15-year career on Broadway, and has often been denied a chance to return to the franchise in a coaching capacity is now the head coach at his alma mater, Georgetown.
He will serve in the role that Dave DeBusschere had when NBA commish reached in and fished out the Knicks’ envelope in 1985.
The Knicks have been among the NBA’s doormat teams since Ewing retired with just one playoff series victory in that time.