Patrick Ewing says he would not have teamed up with Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson to win an NBA title.
Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing says that he would not consider being a super team with rivals in his playing days to try and win a championship, he tells ESPN's Hannah Storm.
Storm posed a hypothetical of partnering with the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird to win a title after LeBron James said that he would take a pay cut to play with Wade, Chris Paul and Anthony before their careers were over.
“Probably not because we have so much of a great rivalry going against one another,” Ewing said. “Larry with his trash talking. Magic with his trash talking and also a great player. To win a championship, some people are willing to do that.”
Ewing never won a championship in the NBA. Jordan won six titles with the Bulls from 1991 to 1998 and knocked Ewing’s New York Knicks out of the playoffs in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1996.
Johnson won titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988. Bird won three rings with the Boston Celtics in 1981, 1984, 1986.
Ewing was teammates with Jordan, Bird and Johnson on the U.S. national team that won gold at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Similarly James, Wade, Anthony and Paul played together on the 2008 Olympic team that won gold in Beijing. Wade, James and Anthony were all part of the same draft class.
Ewing is currently an associate head coach with the Charlotte Hornets.