Two decades after his time with the New York Knicks ended, Patrick Ewing appears to still hold some regrets about how the curtains were drawn over his decorated tenure in the Big Apple.
Speaking to Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post, Ewing expressed his regret about not being able to live out his final moments with the team the way he would have wanted to.
“I wish I knew I was playing my last game as a Knick when I played it,” Patrick Ewing said. “I would’ve liked to take a few mental pictures of that.
“All I know is, that the season ended with a loss. Again.”
Ewing played his very last game for the Knicks on June 2, 2000, in the team's final game of the 1999-00 campaign. This was in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers — a game that the team lost, 93-80, en route to a heartbreaking playoffs exit.
For what it's worth, a 37-year-old Ewing dropped an 18-point, 12-rebound double-double in that contest. Unfortunately, it was not enough.
A few months later, the Knicks traded away their former cornerstone superstar to the Seattle SuperSonics as part of an elaborate four-team deal.
Clearly, Ewing did not know that New York was going to trade him. Had he known, then he would have at least had an understanding of the gravity of the situation. As it turns out, even some of the best of them are not given this very privilege.