Patrick Ewing has COVID-19. It's time to appreciate what he meant to Boston.

Patrick Ewing has contracted COVID-19. That is a reality he announced on social media Friday.

I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

— Patrick Ewing (@CoachEwing33) May 22, 2020

Ewing obviously has made his mark in so many ways throughout his life in basketball, paving the way for his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. His most recent stop has been as the head men's basketball coach for his alma mater at Georgetown University. 

The first overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft, Ewing went on to play for the Knicks until 2000. He had been one of college basketball's greatest players ever and on the short-list of top centers ever to play professionally.

But during moments of reflection regarding the 57-year-old's journey, it is fascinating to remember him roaming the streets of Cambridge while attending high school at Rindge and Latin. It also leads to the ultimate "What-if?" when contemplating what it might have meant to college athletics in New England if Ewing announced he was going to Boston College or Boston University that day at Satch Sanders' restaurant instead of identifying Georgetown as his school of choice.

Ewing would go on to re-introduce himself to Boston fans plenty of times, first with Big East domination with the Hoyas and then against the hometown Celtics. In 66 games against the C's, Ewing would average 23 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest.