Former NBA player Patrick Ewing made a guest appearance on the ‘Knuckleheads’ podcast, where he talked about his childhood, college, and NBA career. Ewing was supposed to be the cornerstone of the New York Knicks franchise for the next decade, coming to the NBA from the University of Georgetown as the number one pick. When Knicks had Ewing, they were a serious threat to everyone, especially in the ’90s, but unfortunately couldn’t win a championship.
In the interview, Ewing remembers his first game and accurately the first player to bust his a**. It was a regular-season game against the Philadelphia 76ers, who were an absolute powerhouse in the eastern conference during those years. The team featured several all-star players like Julius Erving, Maurice Cheeks, young Charles Barkley, and Moses Malone. However, it was none other than Moses who showed Ewing how things are done in the big boys league.
“I got my ass busted by a lot of dudes, but the first one was Moses Malone. I can still remember that game. It was my first regular-season game, and we played against the Sixers. I looked up to Doc, I looked up to Moses my whole life in basketball.”Patrick Ewing, via Knuckleheads Podcast
Interestingly enough, the first basket in a Knicks jersey for Ewing was a put-back dunk over Moses Malone, bringing the crowd into a frenzy. Ewing played a great game scoring 18 points, but Moses Malone put on a monster performance that night. Moses finished the game with 35 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks. Ewing and the Knicks had no answer for Moses, who was looking for contact all game long, going to the free-throw line 18 times that game.
I remember the first shot, it came off the board, and I went over to Moses and dunked it. The rest of the game, Moses wore my but out, he kicked my ass. He was all over me, so yeah, Moses was the first. He wasn’t the last, but he was the first.Patrick Ewing, via Knuckleheads Podcast
Most of the younger NBA fans don’t know how good Moses Malone was, but he was a handful for every team, especially during his prime years. In the 80’s it was Moses and Kareem were considered the best centers in the NBA, and in that game against the Knicks, Moses showed why he was a three-time NBA MVP.