Ewing-Thompson: The Sequel
Dikembe Mutombo still talks about the youngster he scored over during a pickup game at McDonough Gymnasium this past summer. The kid leapt high to try and block the shot, but Deek's pride was more substantial than the Georgetown undergrad's vertical.
In that baritone voice of his, which sounds much like the Cookie Monster, Mutombo bellowed, "That was for your father!"
"I thought that was hilarious," Patrick Ewing Jr. said. "He shows up, and it's like a blast from the past. Dikembe has that deep voice and you can hardly understand what he's saying anyway.
"For the next week and a half, everybody just kept teasing me about it. 'That was for your father. That was for your father.' "
At Verizon Center this afternoon, the public-address announcer will say the name "Patrick Ewing," and a 6-foot-8, hyperkinetic junior forward will dart onto the court to play his first game for the university his father turned into a feared powerhouse more than 20 years ago.
Patrick Aloysius Ewing Jr. will play for John Thompson III, the son of the man who coached Patrick Sr.
John Thompson Jr., of course, is the patriarch of the Hoyas' basketball family. And at Georgetown, we mean family.
Big John regales you with tales about "Big Patrick changing Little Patrick's diapers in the basketball office" and so much more.
"I had this little memorabilia doll Al Maguire sent me, and if you pulled its pants down and filled it up with water it actually took a leak," John Thompson Jr. was saying Thursday afternoon after he finished his radio show. "Well, little Patrick would run into my office, pull that doll's pants down, see it urinate real quick and laugh like hell. Then he'd run out of my office, come back and do it again. You ask him about it; he'll smile."
Little Pat won't start today. He's a slashing, high-energy player who for now is more suited to changing the game off the bench. After deciding to transfer from Indiana, where he had a falling out with former coach Mike Davis after two seasons, he got a call from Thompson within hours after he received his release papers.
They never spoke about living up to namesakes. The coach was in the middle of refurbishing a program sculpted from his pop's will. And the chances of the recruit measuring up to his dad -- scoring 2,184 points, hauling down 1,316 rebounds, maliciously rejecting 493 shots and leading his team to three appearances in the NCAA championship game -- was pretty much out of the question; Patrick Jr. has but two years of eligibility remaining.
Also, there was no way the kid was going with that retro side-part his dad wore. Way too '80s.