Face To Face With Patrick Ewing JR

Patrick Ewing jr is a 28 year old 203cm forward from Marietta, Georgia that started the season for the Telekom Baskets Bonn, but recently left the team. He also has the distinction of being the son of NBA legend Patrick Ewing. He started his basketball career at Indiana in 2003 until 2005. He then finished his NCAA career with Georgetown in 2008. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 6.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3Pts: 28.3%, FT: 65.8%. He was drafted by the  drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA,2rd(43) in 2008. He started his professional basketball career in 2008 with Sacramento Kings (NBA), traded to Houston Rockets (NBA), in Sep.’08 traded to New York Knicks (NBA), left in Oct.’08, in Dec.’08 moved to Reno Bighorns (D-League): 29 games: 16.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 23.4%, FT: 77.0%. In 2010-2011, he played for the  New York Knicks (NBA), left in Oct.’10, then moved to Reno Bighorns (D-League): 25 games: 15.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 79.4%; in Jan.’11 traded to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 23 games: 19.9ppg, Reb-2(10.6rpg), 3.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 82.1%, in Mar.’11 signed at New Orleans Hornets (NBA): 9 games: 0.7ppg. Last season, he played for the  New Orleans Hornets (NBA), only pre-season, in Jan.’12 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 11 games: 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 82.1%; in Feb.’12 signed at Iowa Energy (D-League, starting five): 19 games: 8.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 81.6%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball during the season with Bonn.

You are playing your first season in Europe in Germany with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. How do you like Germany?

I love it here. It has been a great experience for my family and I. The fans and organization have been great. Everyone has been so kind to us.

How are you getting used to the style of play in the Beko BBL?

I am enjoying my time in the league. Many of the guys in the league I have played against or know form home. My game is coming around, but it is still not at the level where I want it. I just have to stay positive and keep working hard.

What is it like playing for a German head coach with Michael Koch?

It has been great. He is a very good coach. He makes sure that I do what I have to do on the court. He helps me very much with my game. He always tells me too be aggressive and stay positive. I enjoy playing for him.

What is a strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away?

I think that a hidden strength in my game is my ability to pass the ball. I always tell people that if I could handle the ball like a point guard then I would rather be a point guard than forward.

How nice is it playing with such a great passer like Jared Jordan?

I have played with many great point guards and I would put him on top of the list. He always amazes me at what he can do on the court with the ball. He handles the ball so well and already knows what will happen five seconds before it happens. It seems like he plays in slow motion. He has been blessed at playing the game.

How nice is it playing with Robert Vaden again? You played a season with him at Indiana(NCAA)

It is great that we are on the team again. I know him from high school and he is a great friend. He had a rough start with his shot not always falling, but shooters like him don´t always stay in a slump long. We as a team have to do a better job at giving him good shots.

Robert Vaden is known as a deadly shooter. Could he hit a shot from on top of the Empire State building into a basket at the bottom?

I bet he could. We play a lot of horse in practice. But an Empire State shot could be one of his trick shots.

You played with many great players at Georgetown that are in the NBA with Roy Hibbert, Dejuan Summers and Jeff Green. How did Summers make you better?

It wasn´t only him, but every guy including Vernon Macklin. I think it was important that we all practiced together which pushed us harder. They are all successful in the NBA and we helped each other get better.

You have played the last three seasons in the D-league. Why haven´t you been able to stick in the NBA?

I have been caught in difficult situations. I was drafted as a rookie then traded and was the last cut. Then I got hurt and had to sit out a season which kept me back. I lost the hunger for the game a bit, but then got it back and then had a good season in the D-league and finshed the season with the Hornets. Then came the lockout and I slowed down my workouts which didn´t help either in getting on an NBA team.

Who was the best player that you have played against in your life?

Leborn James in pick up games and summer league. He is so amazing and the best  player on the planet.

What is the most frequent thing that people ask you about your dad?

It isn´t just one thing but many things that I get asked.

What is the most important thing that you have learned from your dad?

Just to be  a good person. My dad always tells me too stay positive and have confidence in myself and respect myself and others. He always says to be a better person off the court than on the court.

Who was your favorite player on the Dream Team besides your dad?

I would say Christian Laettner. No no just kidding. It would be David Robinson, because he was my favorite guy to hang out with.

How do you make Chris Ensminger laugh?

I don´t think I have ever seen him laugh.

Who would win a one on one you or Kyle Weems?

Me. I don´t ever go against myself.

What were the most free throws that you have made in a row?

In the 50s. I usually end a practice by making 20 free throws in a row.

What was your most crazy shot that you have made?

I blocked a shot and then got the ball at the free throw line and took one dribble and made a shot with one second remaining.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Medias Witness Protection with Tyler Lewis.

Thanks Patrick for the chat.

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