At the tender age of 11 a kid from Jamaica moves to one of the coldest and historic cities in America, Cambridge, Massachusetts. This kid who once played cricket and soccer takes up basketball and becomes Patrick Ewing basketball legend.
It starts at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School where he helped lead his team to three straight MIAA state Titles. His great play earned him a scholarship to Georgetown University and an invite to tryout for the U.S.A Olympic basketball team. Ewing became the first high school player ever to earn this great honor. Ewing goes on to blossom at Georgetown for the next four years, averaging 15 pts and 9 rebs per game, and winning an NCAA title his senior year. In 1985 Patrick Ewing becomes the overall number 1 NBA draft pick, and is drafted by the New York Knicks.
In the late 70’s and 80’s the greatest trend in the NBA was for a player to have his own signature shoe with a major shoe company. Legends like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Julius Erving endorsed their own shoe with Converse. Charles Barkley, George “Iceman” Gervin, and of course his royal airness himself Michael Jordan had sneakers with Nike. In 1986 Ewing followed suite, endorsing his own shoe with Adidas called the “Ewing Attitudes.”
Ewing the innovator, in 1989 becomes the first NBA player to own his own shoe company. His best selling sneakers the “Ewing Athletics 33 Hi” were released during 1989-90 season under his new company. During the 1989-90 wearing his 33 Hi sneakers Ewing had statistically his best season averaging 29 pts, 11 rebs, and 4 blocks per game.
For this throwback Friday we HDM present the Ewing Athletics 33 Hi’s. On November 10, 2012, the “Knicks” and the black/white are set to be re-released. Just make sure you carry a brush around for your “Knicks” and a nice cloth for your black/whites, stay fresh!
Side note: On October 27, 2012, Patrick Ewing was inducted into the Cambridge Athletic Hall of Fame.