go to MSN.com
Found June 13, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:
PLAYERS: Patrick Ewing

Via Larry Brown Sports:

Patrick Ewing is arguably the greatest player in Georgetown basketball history, but what many people may not know is that he was close to becoming a North Carolina Tar Heel. Had it not been for the Ku Klux Klan or some loud creatures of the night, he might have been college teammates with Michael Jordan.

Ewing, who was recently named an associate head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, spoke to “The Dan Patrick Show” on Thursday about his relationship with Jordan. That led to a question about whether or not he was ever close to committing to UNC.

“I was close,” Ewing said. “North Carolina was a very good school, but when I went down there they put me in that Carolina Inn and there was a big Ku Klux Klan rally in North Carolina when I was there. I’m like, ‘You know what, I’m not coming down here.’ I’m staying my butt back in Boston.’ ”

However, it wasn’t just the presence of an organized racism rally that soured Ewing on the idea of attending school a bit further south. He also hated the bugs.

“And you know in North Carolina you hear all the crickets,” he said. “They stuck me in that Carolina Inn. At night down in North Carolina it gets pitch black and I hear all the crickets and I’m jumping and I’m like what the heck. So I (decided) I’m going back home.”

Ewing did add that his first choice was always Georgetown and his second choice was UCLA, so the KKK and the crickets may not have completely ruined things for UNC. Considering Ewing remembers it all so vividly, it’s certainly safe to assume it played a major role in his decision.

26 Comments:
  • Just curious. He lives in North Carolina now - the bugs haven't changed. Maybe the KKK haven't changed either. Sounds like a short stay for him in Charlotte??? Seems obvious he changed his mind if he's now a North Carolina resident. A very high profile North Carolina resident. The article didn't address his change of heart. I don't know anything about the state of North Carolina so this was a confusing article indeed.
  • In your attempt to be smart, witty and snarky you failed. Charlotte is no where close to Chapel Hill. Pay attention in Geography class.
  • Charlotte is certainly a lot closer to Chapel Hill than Boston is. He is acting like they do not have crickets or other bugs in Massachusets. What a major league whimp!
    As for the geography lesson, Charlotte is about 3 1/2 to 4 hours away from Chapel Hill. Not near as far as you think it is. All you have to do is get on I-85 and you are there in no time.
  • Why do you have to be nasty and hateful?
  • True he's in Carolina & the bugs are the same as well as the KKK...

    However, I doubt he's staying at the Carolina Inn & I bet the neighborhood he lives in has better security that the Carolina Inn

    & I'm I pretty sure he has a little more money for an exterminator than he did in his College days..
  • The bugs haven't changed. As for the Klan, they are probably still around but don't get the attention they once did. I grew up in NC back in the 50's and 60's. They were worse than the bugs. You couldn't kill them.
  • How could Patrick nEwing be afraid of bugs? He's a country boy from the woods in Jamaica where bugs are plentyful, much more than NC. I don't get it. He talks too much. And now he wants to go back? Gimme a break.
  • He was BORN in Jamaica but was grew up in Cambridge, Mass across the Charles River from Boston.
  • the article is pointless..........
  • ...making your comment even less so.
  • Sorry, but I don't believe Patrick Ewing on this. "There was a big Ku Kux Klan rally in North Carolina while I was there." Huh? So this high school student from Mass. hears about a Klan rally somewhere in North Carolina. While he is there. I wonder how he heard about this "Klan rally". Maybe John Thompson was in his ear? Nah... Couldn't be. Because John Thompson would have no motive to get a hot prospect to come play for his basketball team. Couldn't be that.
  • I was offered a scholarship to Georgia Tech and after having come down there from Ohio and been openly discriminated against in a restaurant by the all white staff, I went back north. So yes, a klan rally would be very off-putting to any intelligent young person making a decision like that.This happened to me at around the same time Ewing would have had his expeerience. I live in Texas now, and a few degrees and much better income makes putting up with the terminally stupid much easier.
  • Wow borisspasky you are IGNORANT!!!!!
    You've never heard of the Greensboro Massacre!?!...which was at that time - people were killed during a KKK rally less than 30 miles from UNC.
    You'd have to be blind and deaf not to hear about KKK rallies in North Carolina which happened EVERY WEEK!
  • Simple...young and being put in an Inn is a lot different than being mature, rich and living in a mansion. I would think many Inn's have bugs and I'm sure his house does not.
  • I would have changed my mind also if the University that is supposed to be interested in me, gets me a room at the Carolina Inn! So what if he was just a high school grad at that time? He can tell between clean and YUKKK! No wonder it was very dark and buggy. The KKK wouldn't have changed my decision though. By the way, I'm from NC (the part that is beautiful and not buggy).
  • I don't beleive Patrick, Ku Kux Klan rally in North Carolina, NO WAY !!!
  • "put me in that Carolina Inn and there was a big Ku Klux Klan rally"

    They put him in the Carolina Inn? More likely he was offered a few more $$$ under the table to go north but the KKK story sounds better than a payoff.
  • Yes - KKK rallies happened in that part of NC very often then.

    Look up the Greensboro Massacre, in which PEOPLE WERE KILLED during a KKK rally one year before Ewing would have been there.

    The KKK still has a strong presence in NC.
  • What's most likely is that you are an uneducated ignoramus - In fact you've proven it by disputing facts with your own lies.
  • LOL...Those would be cicadas, Patrick...not crickets...nor are they 'southern', they're also found in Boston and Washington, DC...and although they can be loud (I happen to find the sound pleasing)...they are not so distracting as to have made us overlook or forget the thousands of white Bostonians lining the streets to hurl bricks and profanities at the school buses trying to bring black kids into the white neighborhoods in 1974...but without the white sheets.
  • The press and Mr.Ewing know that if you mention the K.K.K. then they can get attention.I am sick of hearing about the K.K.K. who are now so small that they don't hardly even matter.Why does Mr.Ewing not say anything about the black panther party and the Muslims who are more hateful than the Klan.
  • People like you kill me. How can you even compare the black panther party and the Muslims as you say to the KKK. The same klan the has burned down homes, killed scores of men, women and children mostly African-Americans among others. I don't remember the BPP ever killing people. The Muslims killed people, please. The Panthers were their to protect certain areas from police harassment. You really need to read more. You probably believe George Washington was a great man and Lincoln really freed indentured African-Americans. Please, do some research. You don't seem too stupid. They have put a stain on American History that can never be erased, but we can all learn from.
  • This article seems like nothing more than "Larry Brown Sports" effort to influence high school basketball prospects to avoid UNC. To begin, UNC wasn't even Ewing's first or second choice. He dislikes bugs and crickets? Larry Brown Sports, are you serious? HE'S FROM JAMAICA!!! Hello, ever been to the tropics? Larry Brown Sports must think it's readers are morons. Otherwise, they'd know Dean Smith was instrumental in breaking the racial sports barrier in college basketball -and he had the death threats to prove it!!! Come on Larry Brown Sports readers and potential UNC basketball prospects, exercise a little intelligence!
  • The KKK and Neo Nazi's that killed people in Greensboro about the time Ewing was down there didn't wear white sheets either.
    ...but they did shoot at the police and kill people in broad daylight.
    ...it's called the Greensboro Massacre.
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

AP Source: Ewing new Bobcats associate head coach

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is giving old friend Patrick Ewing another shot to continue his NBA coaching career. The Bobcats have reached an agreement in principle with the Hall of Famer to become their new associate head coach, said a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the hire has not...

Report: Patrick Ewing joining Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is giving old friend Patrick Ewing another shot to continue his NBA coaching career. The Bobcats have reached an agreement in principle with the Hall of Famer to become their new associate head coach, said a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the hire has not...

Patrick Ewing Joins Jordan in Charlotte As “Associate Head Coach”

Follow Ralph Guerrero on Twitter @ralphguerrero Former New York Knicks star, Patrick Ewing, has been hired by longtime friend, Michael Jordan, as “Associate Head Coach” of the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats recently hired Steve Clifford as head coach and Ewing will apparently be second in command. The news was first reported by Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowsk. Ewing has...

Patrick Ewing 'disappointed' he's still not a head coach yet

Patrick Ewing could only watch as Jason Kidd gained a head coaching position only nine days removed from retiring from the NBA while Ewing, another former NBA great— after a decade of bouncing around the league in various coaching and broadcast positions after calling it a career— was the bridesmaid once again. Ewing was named this week as an associate coach with the Charlotte...

Patrick Ewing chose Georgetown because of KKK rally at North Carolina

Patrick Ewing explains that the reason he chose Georgetown over North Carolina was because there was a KKK rally in Chapel Hill when he visited.

Pat Ewing Didn’t Go To UNC B/c of the KKK

People forget, but Patrick Ewing was a monster in college. Like a mix between LeBron James and Godzilla. He could’ve gone to any school in the country. And everyone would put on their best outfits to welcome him… “North Carolina was a very good school. But when I went down there they put me in that Carolina Inn, and there was a big Ku Klux Klan Rally in North Carolina when...

Patrick Ewing Jr. mad Jason Kidd gets head coaching job but his dad can’t

Patrick Ewing retired from the NBA in 2003 and went right into coaching as an assistant. The Hall of Famer has been an assistant coach for nine seasons with three different NBA teams, but he has yet to receive a head coaching job despite interviewing with teams. Jason Kidd went from retiring to becoming a [...]

NBA coaching chronicles: Patrick Ewing, Maurice Cheeks new gigs, Jason Kidd to the Nets?

Former Knicks legend, Patrick Ewing has reached agreement to become the associate head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats per Yahoo Sports. Ewing spent 8 years as an assistant working with the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets working with head coaches Jeff and Stan Van Gundy. The Hall of Fame big man turned down the Knicks offer to coach their D-League affiliate, the Erie Bayhawks...

Charlotte Bobcats hire Patrick Ewing as assistant

Patrick Ewing joins Charlotte Bobcats' coaching staff, works for old rival Michael Jordan.

Patrick Ewing, Jr. Vents About Jason Kidd Getting the Nets Job So Quickly, While His Father Keeps Getting Passed Over

Preach...

Patrick Ewing Considered Attending UNC, But Reconsidered After KKK Rally During Visit to School (Video)

It’s hard to imagine Patrick Ewing playing somewhere other than Georgetown for his college basketball career, but that was very nearly the case. During an interview on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday morning, Ewing said that he was considering attending North Carolina to play for coach Dean Smith, but ultimately a Ku Klux Klan rally made him reconsider. “I was close [to attending...

Patrick Ewing on Nets Hiring Jason Kidd: “I was Very Surpised” (Video)

  Basically what Patrick Ewing is saying sans the political correctness, is that he’s salty Jason Kidd got a head coaching job in the NBA just weeks after he retired, while he has yet to get one after serving as an assistant coach for several years. Can’t say I blame him. Ewing appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show” to discuss his recent appointment as associate coach with the...

The KKK Cost Carolina Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing, the new associate head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, was on Dan Patrick’s radio show and he basically blamed the KKK for his decision to go to Georgetown. If you’re not into watching videos, to sum up, Ewing said while he was down visiting the North Carolina Tar Heels on a recruiting trip. While staying at the Carolina Inn, he learned that there was a Ku Klux...
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak ends at 41 2/3 innings

Since June 13, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has not allowed a run, until Thursday night. Kershaw went 41 2/3 innings without allowing a run until he gave up a solo home run to Padres third baseman, Chase Headley. Kershaw was able to battle out of the game with only the one run given […]
Via Full Scale Sports
6 hours ago

Ex-teammate likely ratted out Ryan Braun to MLB in 2013

How was MLB able to get Ryan Braun to agree to a 65-game suspension in 2013 despite the absence of a failed drug test? There was so much evidence against Braun that the Brewers slugger decided to accept his fate. And where did MLB get all the evidence? Not only did they have Anthony Bosch […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 hours ago

Lacrosse company upset with favoritism to softball, Title IX

Warrior, a sporting goods company specializing mostly in lacrosse (and hockey) apparel and equipment, came out firing on Thursday night after seeing softball televised on ESPN while lacrosse was on ESPN2. Here is the tweet sent from the official Warrior account: Does anyone else find it laughable that Softball is on ESPN1 & #WorldLax is […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 hours ago

Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss: Coaching is Cowboys' problem

The Dallas Cowboys have not made the playoffs since 2009, which was also the last time they posted a winning record. Despite having some talented players on their roster, the Cowboys can’t seem to win when it counts. Tony Romo takes most of the blame for that, but Donovan McNabb and Randy Moss see things […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 hours ago

Jones-Drew, Schaub believe London deserves NFL team

It's not just NFL higher-ups who believe the sport should be expanded over the pond. In an interview with BritviewNFL.com's Neil Reynolds, Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew opined that London deserves a full-time franchise. "You know what? I think they deserve one," Jones-Drew said, via NFL.com. "It's just the toll it takes on the body because...
Via Helmet2Helmet
8 hours ago

Masahiro Tanaka reportedly has a partially torn UCL

Oh man, this is bad news. Masahiro Tanaka, the New York Yankees’ stellar Japanese hurler was placed on the disabled list yesterday with “elbow inflammation,” but after an MRI the news got much, much worse on Thursday. Tanaka has reportedly been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. That injury almost always leads to Tommy John surgery...
Via Rumors and Rants
9 hours ago

Favre jersey retirement called off in 2014 over fear of booing?

A time will come when Brett Favre has his No. 4 jersey retired by the Green Bay Packers. That time just doesn't appear like it will come in 2014 though.Packers president Mark Murphy talked about the matter recently with ESPNWisconsin.com, and despite continually saying that the franchise plans to retire Favre's jersey, Murphy admitted it was highly unlikely such an occurrence...
Via Bush League Chronicle
10 hours ago

Paul Azinger: Tiger has become worse in quest to get better

SOUTHPORT, England – Paul Azinger said Thursday that a quest by Tiger Woods to make his swing better has backfired on him. Woods has gone through four swing changes with three coaches during his career, each time saying the objective was to get better. In a conference call for ESPN, Azinger said that in his quest to get better, “I think he’s actually gotten a little bit worse...
Via NESN.com
12 hours ago

Boston Celtics still looking to trade Rajon Rondo?

The Boston Celtics have been one of the more active trades on the free agent and trade market so far this offseason, and they are reportedly still looking to trade Rajon Rondo. According to a report from CelticsBlog, there appears to be a very likely chance that he will end up being traded at some point in the near future. There have been rumors surrounding Rondo about the Sacramento...
Via Sports-Glory
14 hours ago

NFL teams split more than $6 billion in revenue last season

Anyone worried how all the bad press the NFL has gotten for its treatment of former players and worries about concussions would impact the league’s bottom line can stop worrying. It’s doing just fine. According to financials released by the Green Bay Packers on Thursday afternoon, the NFL’s teams split more than $6 billion between them last season, which was a record amount...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
13 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.