Former NBA star Patrick Ewing tests positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: NBA Hall of Famer and former Georgetown Hoyas player Patrick Ewing is introduced as the Georgetown Hoyas' new head basketball coach at John Thompson Jr. Athletic Center on April 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Patrick Ewing, a former NBA star and head coach of Georgetown University's Men's Basketball team, tested positive for coronavirus.

He made the announcement on Twitter Friday evening.

"I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19," he wrote on Twitter. "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."

Ewing, who won an NCAA championship in 1984 as a Georgetown player, said he wanted to thank health care workers and everyone on the front lines of the pandemic.

"I'll be fine and we will all get through this," Ewing said.

The university said Ewing is isolated at a hospital. He is the only person in the program to have tested positive for the virus, Georgetown said.

Ewing played most of his NBA career with the New York Knicks but also had stints with the Seattle SuperSonics and the Orlando Magic. He scored almost 25,000 points and had more than 11,000 rebounds in his 17-year career.

He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

He has been the coach at Georgetown since 2017.