Patrick Ewing never won an NBA championship. Here's what left him empty-handed.

01 Th11, 2020
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This one stings. A surface-level summary of 1990s NBA history is basically: “Michael Jordan won the championships he was around to win, and Hakeem Olajuwon got the other ones in the middle.” Part of the reason the series Untitled exists is to better explain that era. With details and context, we hope to show that those oversimplified truths hang on some complex set-ups, near misses, and fascinating stories. Patrick Ewing’s Knicks wrote several of those stories; perhaps the most heartbreaking.
Ewing spent almost all of his legendary career in New York, and almost all of that stint competing for a championship. But, yes, Jordan interfered, albeit not as decisively as the short version of the story would have you think. Those Bulls were underdogs at one point, and even after that, came an inch here or a second there from losing to Ewing and company. Those inches and seconds describe some of the most sickening moments in the history of Knicks fandom.
Sickening, too, were the fates of Ewing’s teams that didn’t have to (or get to) face Jordan: The ones that fell to the Pacers, the Heat, and of course Hakeem Olajuwon’s Rockets in the brutal 1994 Finals.
Patrick Ewing retired without a championship, but we hope this episode of Untitled will help you appreciate how excellent he was and how rivals, fate, and bad timing conspired to stop him. You can’t tell this ringless story in a simple sentence or two.
Directed and edited by Ryan Simmons
Motion graphics by Michael Das
Written and produced by Seth Rosenthal
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  • I can imagine Knicks fans in 1996 shouting "We're getting MJ and SHAQ" similar to when they shouted they were getting KD and Kyrie in 2019 lmaoooo.

    Michael ThomasMichael Thomas3 giờ trước
  • Mj

    THETHE16 giờ trước
  • The 1994 nba finals should have been between the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz.

    Curly FryCurly Fry16 giờ trước
  • Ewing isn't even in my top 5 center list. I don't have a top 10 list but I doubt he would be on there. Even with the centers we have currently, I would take Joker/Giannis over him.

    C KC K23 giờ trước
  • if pat riley's Knicks had beat the bulls with MJ even just once he would viewed as the GOAT coach no doubt.

    Sway MagnusSway Magnus2 ngày trước
  • Hakeem Olajuwon

    No Show JoeNo Show Joe3 ngày trước
  • Ewing was the sweatiest guy I ever met.

    Tony BaloneyTony Baloney3 ngày trước
  • Ewing theory

    ActiveLivingChallengerActiveLivingChallenger4 ngày trước
  • So sad to see New York come up short for a championship

    Mister BMister B6 ngày trước
  • To many rivalries Bulls, Pacers, Heat.

    Peter LeBlancPeter LeBlanc7 ngày trước
  • Reggie Miller/Dominique Wilkins next?

    Samuel NaibahoSamuel Naibaho7 ngày trước
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    useaeq formatiuseaeq formati8 ngày trước
  • coulda woulda shoulda. Sorry the Knicks didn't have the supporting cast that the Pistons, then the Bulls had and made it through only once when Jordan was off playing baseball and they were gifted a series win over the bulls in 94 on a number of very biased calls in NY including three free throws for starks after he kicked his leg out and hit Pippen. So yeah MJ was the reason as was Hakeem. The author of this video spins and twists himself in knots to try and make it something more than it was.....dozens of what ifs.

    Chris LoeschChris Loesch8 ngày trước

  • ONE TEAM had three-3 superstars Air Batman MJ , Robin Scottie , and NBA best rebonder Rodman , NBA best 3 point shooter Kerr , NBA best 6th man , and NBA best coach Phil , just to many many weapons ... Patrick deserves to be in the 2021 top 50 NBA GOAT , Patrick had a SIGNIFICANT impact to NBA games 👍🏼. I am an NBA Superstars Fan , i love ALL NBA Teams (questionable on D.Pistons, but because of type of game they played -jordan rule 🤦🏻‍♂️ AND walking out during a game 😳, caused/made better nba rules how a "professional sport" be played👍🏼).

    FC GuamFC Guam9 ngày trước
  • It's funny how that one last shot from John Starks in game 6 of the 1994 finals could've drastically altered Patrick Ewing's legacy.

    Gino CondeGino Conde10 ngày trước
  • Uhhh 2 words Michael Jordan

    Hector DominguezHector Dominguez11 ngày trước
  • You could have just said Michael Jordan...

    Theodor AnfilovTheodor Anfilov11 ngày trước
  • Probably the greatest player in NBA history who never won a ring

    Ryan BrownRyan Brown11 ngày trước
  • Jordan isn't the reason Ewing never won a title. Ewing is the reason Ewing never won a title. He was a great REGULAR SEASON player, but was a playoff choke artist. THE PLAY against the Rockets where Ewing blew a wide open layup is a metaphor for his entire career. All he needs to do is take one dribble, two steps, and dunk it. Instead he puts up a LEFT handed layup that doinks out and he loses the game. I'm a Spurs fan, and we had a saying back in the day. It goes "When it matters, Ewing shatters." That tells the story of his career...

    ChucksterOLoveChucksterOLove12 ngày trước
  • Hope some day Mark Few of Gonzaga gets an untitled episode.

    Dave GoffDave Goff13 ngày trước
  • Because he cheated on his wife. God don't like ugly.

    Christopher LambertChristopher Lambert13 ngày trước
  • SPOILER: It was the flat top.

    Athanasios MatsolasAthanasios Matsolas14 ngày trước
  • Imagine Reggie Miller, starks, Oakley and Ewing vs MJ and Pippen. You’d think the Knick would win at least 1 series.

    Amaan RazaAmaan Raza14 ngày trước
  • So what if he never won an NBA Championship? He is a 2-time Olympic Champion! For most mortals, that would be a lifetime achievement.

    Shizuka MoriShizuka Mori14 ngày trước
  • Uh, two words... Hakeem Olajuwon. Didn't see that coming.

    poooky321poooky32114 ngày trước
  • the 2 reasons he never won a chip...Jordan, and that finger roll.....

    Wesley AlexanderWesley Alexander18 ngày trước
    • And Jon Starks

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  • Why he did not win a title? Simple...MJ

    Nj HidalgoNj Hidalgo18 ngày trước
  • "Why didnt Patrick Ewing win a title?" Didnt watch the video, but what immediately came to mind (besides MJ) is because his 2nd best offensive option was John Starks. (Note: As a Knick fan, I loved John Starks , BUT I loved him much better as a spark, preferably off the bench, NOT as the 2nd offensive option) Would also point out that the year that many believe they could have beat MJ with Van Gundy, Patrick Ewing roamed 20 feet off the bench, and the Commisioner did the rest.

    Ira RIra R19 ngày trước
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    Michael MontaltoMichael Montalto19 ngày trước
  • 2 words Michael Jordan

    Cliff BoothCliff Booth20 ngày trước
  • Truth to that,,,example,robert horry has 7 rings and will never be considered a legend.

    general67general6720 ngày trước
  • The Frozen Envelope curse. :) great video. Very good

    jose calvo monturioljose calvo monturiol21 ngày trước
  • Man knicks losing the title w a 3-2 lead. Was brutal

    Joseph A. LopezJoseph A. Lopez24 ngày trước
  • Since Harden isn't in Houston any more, New Yorkers won't like this comment ...But Harden is on a pace to be the next Patrick Ewing as Harden's #13 is hanging in the rafters with Houston's greats with Chips

    PlayhouseRagePlayhouseRage24 ngày trước
  • Hhhmmm uh something truly caught me off guard here. At 2:06 the narrator said the bulls were a 6 seed in 1990? Is that true? How could that be? They were just 1 year away from their first 3peat and already had Pippen and Grant. You are telling me FIVE teams in their conference had a better record than the bulls? This seems unlikely accurate.

    Avery DaymondAvery Daymond25 ngày trước
  • It used to be that not all NBA greats win a title but nowadays great players join forces so that they can win.... basketball is terrible now.

    Cash RulezCash Rulez25 ngày trước
  • he wasnt durable.... he started getting injured dead in his prime... he was just a G and played through all the leg issues.

    senor frogsenor frog25 ngày trước
  • TL;DR version: The Knicks suck.

    godisbollocksgodisbollocks26 ngày trước
  • Simple, because his shooting % was low for a center, his rebounds were low for a center, AND he passed the ball only by accident. Next question: WHY did Dominick Wilkins never win a championship?

    Juan PerezJuan Perez26 ngày trước
  • Because MJ was born duh the same reason Sir Charles didn't get one

    Rod McKinneyRod McKinney27 ngày trước
  • Knicks Mgmt., missed layup, Michael Jeffery Jordan

    MarkaveliMarkaveli27 ngày trước
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    Jake RussellJake Russell28 ngày trước
  • Comeon.... It's the Knicks.... Ewing would never win a title....

    CheeZyZeeCheeZyZee28 ngày trước
  • Y’all should make an Untitled on TO

    Robert HarrisRobert Harris29 ngày trước
  • Easy answer MJ

    Damien KEENEDamien KEENE29 ngày trước
  • Ahh TWO WORDS Hakeem Olajuwon

  • Michael Jordan Hakeem Olajuwon

    Trajan NervaTrajan NervaTháng trước
  • I tried to watch this video all the way through. It's too brutal. I can't make it through.

    Shah DinarShah DinarTháng trước
  • you guys should do Penny Hardaway

    Nicholas MaivelettNicholas MaivelettTháng trước
  • With the ball in his hands, he forgot he has team mates. He lacks the intensity and wilts under pressure. He's so one dimensional. His basketball IQ seemed inadequate.

    Vicente AvilesVicente AvilesTháng trước
  • Looser , got pushed around , disappeared in the finals againts Houston The complete opposite of Willis Reed

    Michael AresMichael AresTháng trước
  • Idea for beef history: Ewing and Spike vs. MSG Securities 🤣

    Raymund LogoRaymund LogoTháng trước
  • MJ AND Olajwon. That TOOK 2 seconds

    Florida Gator1Florida Gator1Tháng trước
  • Because of Michael Jordan...period

    kastador69kastador69Tháng trước

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    Wade DawkinsWade DawkinsTháng trước
  • Do one for Tracy McGrady

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  • You should make one Patrick Ewing vs Madison square garden

    Preston WintPreston WintTháng trước
  • 13:45 - so we're not going to talk about the Miller two hand shove on Gregg Anthony?

    cyberpimp29cyberpimp29Tháng trước
  • Marv: Smith.... Smith, stripped! Smith, stopped! SMITH, STOPPED AGAIN, BY PIPPEN!!!!

    Coach CarterCoach CarterTháng trước
  • Ewing should of dunked it instead of fading away

    Michael AdameMichael AdameTháng trước
  • Untitled: Reggie Miller

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  • This Is Why This Men Is Getting Hassle At MSG Cause He Fail To Deliver A Chip

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  • 1 Michael Jordan 89,91-93, 96 2 Hakeem Olajuwon in 94 3 Reggie Miller 95,98,2000

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  • This should be mandatory orientation material for Madison Square Garden security after the recent fiasco

    박영재박영재Tháng trước
  • This untitled series made me appreciate the first championship of Dallas mavericks and Toronto raptors

    Mesh BenMesh BenTháng trước
  • he didn’t win cause of john stalks

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  • And they still wouldn't let him in the Garden because of Dolan.

    Cole WonCole WonTháng trước
  • Because he choked

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  • Good Job on representing PE

    Will BurchWill BurchTháng trước
  • Beef History: Patrick Ewing vs MSG security

    Evan BurgenerEvan BurgenerTháng trước
  • He just couldn't get an upper hand on Jordan then on dream. The end

    Dave ManifoldDave ManifoldTháng trước
  • And now he can't walk freely in the garden because he "fits the description"

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  • I really wanted to hear your take...though, I think the front office has always been the problem.

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  • The video is mostly spot on. Like many loyal Knicks fans, I cheered and watched frustrating loses from every Patrick Ewing game and run. From the Knicks often getting owned by the Boston Celtics until that iconic game 5 victory of all places - at the Boston Garden. From not being able to beat the Pistons until the Pistons were old and tired in the 1992 playoffs. And of course, The Bulls. Then their rivalries against the Miami Heat and Pacers. On a competitive level as a fan, I will say thank you to Patrick and the supporting cast for good memories even if my beloved Knicks never won that coveted title. Looking back, I blame incompetent ownership and management. It's hard to succeed and form some type of solid stability when Patrick had eight different head coaches. And about the press saying that Patrick never had a number two? Xavier McDaniel fell right into the Knicks laps. And they blew it! If there was anytime as a Knicks fan I was absolutely pissed, that was it! Overall, I will always appreciate what Patrick did for the Knicks. He had flaws, but the Garden used to be on fire when he played.

    Todd SandsTodd SandsTháng trước
  • Jordan..MJ..Air Jordan..Black Cat..Black Jesus...

    Antoine McClureAntoine McClureTháng trước
  • Feel like a series on players that barely missed untitled would be interesting too. Kevin Garnett, Alex Ovechkin, John Elway, Clayton Kershaw, and others would be cool to break down.

    Connor GilbrideConnor GilbrideTháng trước
  • Didn’t Ewing win one in 1999?

    SHEESH EstaSHEESH EstaTháng trước
  • Annual ritual “ eliminating Reggie Miller & the Pacers” lmao hell of a ritual

    Christopher GarciaChristopher GarciaTháng trước
  • Ewing getting hurt in 1999 really hurt that Knicks team from competing against the Spurs front court of Duncan/Robinson. While Jordan did hurt Ewing's chances, Jordan wasn't a factor in 1994 (out of league), 1995 (just returned) and 1999 (out of league).

    MazzaMediaMazzaMediaTháng trước
  • I thought it was because the aliens never gave him his powers back. Phew, glad it was just mjj

    ASVPASVPTháng trước
  • Short answer: Michael Jordan. Long answer: Michael Jordan & Hakeem Olajuwon.

    MoMoneyLessProblemsMoMoneyLessProblemsTháng trước
  • 😂😂😂The best eastern conference team in the eastern conference was pat ewing and a bunch of irritable underdogs! 😂😂😂

    sholove Sholovesholove SholoveTháng trước
  • A legend without a ring is a legend just the same, especially remembering all it took to deny him. Nice

    Jomo CheathamJomo CheathamTháng trước
    • How stupid is that

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  • I still argue to this day the 97 team was the best team of the Ewing era. They still played the tough defense hallmarked from the Riley era, but it was a better offensive team too. It was Pat's last elite year before the injury in 98. He finally had a guard who could create his own shot in Houston, and after a slow start trying to fit in Houston really got it going late in the year and in the playoffs. LJ while not what he once was, was still a low post force and was developing that 3 pt shot. Starks was Sixth Man of the Year. Childs/Ward rotating at PG. That team was well equipped to face the Bulls. That series would have went 7 for sure.

    Mike LasowskiMike LasowskiTháng trước
  • Lots of GREAT NBA players didn't win a ring. I enjoyed watching the Ewing Era of the Knicks. We laughed, we cried.

    Baci302Baci302Tháng trước
  • Michael Jordan.

    TulerTulerTháng trước
  • The truth is that he completely sold and went for a game winning wide open layup on a fastbreak and decided that instead of using his 7 feet to dunk he missed the layup and the Knicks lost the finals

    Nick DicolaNick DicolaTháng trước
  • Wish my Knicks could have gotten MJ, then Pat woulda got his ring alright. The 90s losses were just heartbreaking.

    DukesMusicDukesMusicTháng trước
  • Ewing might be the most underrated superstar of the 90's. Ewing didn't have the supporting cast neccesary to beat bulls or rockets in a series. The knicks were basically Ewing or nothing offensively. Those knicks teams were GREAT defensively but avg at best offensively. No disrespect to starks but should not be the second best offensive player on a team.

    timsmith1033timsmith1033Tháng trước
  • No Matter What He Is The Hell Of Champion

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  • Knicks win a rigged draft in '85. MJ: "Okay, fine."

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  • Its ok. He still a great

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