Ewing or Hakeem: Who Do The Basketball Greats Choose?


As I was making my early morning rounds through the internet for all things Knicks and most things NBA, I ran across a series of Youtube clips of the Open Court show I had missed on NBA TV. Before I knew it, I had spent two hours listening to Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Steve Smith, Steve Kerr and Chris Webber share their opinions and remembrances of playing in the NBA. Eventually, I came across the segment where they were asked to chose between Patrick Ewing and Akeem Olajawon. As a Patrick Ewing fan, it was a little painful to hear them unanimously chose the great Hakeem over the great Patrick Ewing mainly because of the Rocket center’s phenomenal offensive abilities and unique footwork which made him a nightmare to guard. Still, they all acknowledged Patrick’s greatness, ferocity and misfortune of never playing with a hall of famer on his squad. Equally as significant were the comments made about New York fans by two of our former-nemesis, Reggie Miller and Charles Barkley, in respect to our respect for the Big Fella. Their comments were harsh, but I tend to agree with them about our fans. Would you have rather had Hakeem as a Knick instead of Patrick?