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Patrick Ewing thought about leaving Knicks to join ‘Run TMC’ Warriors

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New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing recently revealed on Ryan Hollins’ podcast that he had thoughts of leaving the Knicks to seek greener pastures elsewhere back in his playing years. Ewing claimed he thought about teaming up with the trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullin, notably dubbed as “Run TMC” with the Golden State Warriors.

Starting in 1989, the three Warriors played together for two seasons under head coach Don Nelson, playing a fast-paced, run-and-gun style of offense. They eventually became the league’s highest-scoring trio in the 1990-91 season, but they were broken up in 1991 when Golden State traded Richmond and Les Jepsen to the Sacramento Kings for rookie Billy Owens.

Despite his intentions, Ewing’s relocation to the Bay Area never came to fruition, which prompted him to stay in New York for almost his entire career. From 1985 to 2000, the big man was the face of the franchise who led them to two trips to the NBA Finals.

The Knicks eventually lost to the Houston Rockets in seven games in the 1993-1994 season and succumbed to the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the 1998-1999 season.

Ewing would go on and have a pitstop with the Seattle SuperSonics before finishing his career with the Orlando Magic at the end of the 2001-2002 season. Ewing earned Rookie of the Year honors, three NBA All-Defensive Second-Team selections, an All-NBA First-Team appearance in 1990, and 11 appearances as an All-Star.

One can only wonder if he could’ve won a title if he was able to play on those Warriors teams, making this quite the intriguing what-if scenario. Interestingly enough, Ewing has also admitted in the past that he wanted to be drafted by the Warriors in 1985.

Still, Patrick Ewing had an eventful career and is one of the biggest legends in Knicks franchise history.