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?
Pat is my fav Knick of all time say wat u will he carried us for a long time never quitting he brought it every night no one can win it by themselves no MJ not Kobe we had very good teams back then but at the end of the day we didnt have enough no true Knicks fans will ever question having Ewing or Hakeem.NO way is Hakeem better he had better foot work but Ewing had better range and all around better game i love Hakeem but he is no Ewing and if he didnt have two rings this wouldnt be a conversation rings dont make u better just means u have a better team
Just watched the video, if you love the game you see that Hakeem was unique.Now consider that he was a dunking pogostick at Houston (college) with no real skills my question would be who learned the most and became the most complete player?Granted Patrick didn't have the greatest support, he did have the better coach in Riley.The rings followed the better player.Remember Hakeem was dominant on his team.Was Patrick?
Fo another opinion on why CP3 to Knicks is possible, see Mike Hamilton's well thought out piece in Bleecher Report:
Giving Patrick his due, he tried.The ring is still the thing in a team sport.You need it as the stamp of codification to a career.Pat had his chances.Hakeem 2, Pat 0.That's it.That's all.
@Post_up_Prince Good find PUP. It's true and you know all who said Melo would not be here will eat crow AGAIN>
You mean Riley with Sampson? Elucidate oh elucidatory one. We know you are better at explaining yourself.
@Tman So true. Just like the debate of the two greatest centers of all time. Russell 11 rings vs Wilt 2 rings. Debate over!
Pat Ewing.Sampson has the same # of rings as Ewing.Was Sampson "the Next Coming" as good as Hakeem, oh Hell NO!! @Orange_and_Blue