Patrick Ewing’s superstar career was star-crossed with the one and only Michael Jordan. MJ’s Bulls won six NBA championships and had to barrel through Ewing’s Knicks several times to make that happen.
However, the two were actually extremely close to being college teammates instead of bitter rivals. The former Georgetown legend called into The Dan Patrick Show and explained that he had nearly decided to accept a scholarship at North Carolina over the Hoyas — until he got a taste of the local feel down south.
“I was close. North Carolina was a very good school, but you know, when I went down there they put me in that Carolina Inn and there was a big Ku Klux Klan rally in North Carolina when I was there. And I was like, you know, I’m not coming down here. I’m staying my butt back in Boston.”
So, those same KKK members who may have been cheering for Michael Jordan in the powder blue were the same reason North Carolina did not have the chance to form what would have easily been the greatest college team of all time.
In the video below, Ewing first chats about all the trash-talking Jordan did when the two met on Chapel Hill. At about the 28-second mark, Ewing describes why he could not go to UNC.
[H/T: Big Lead Sports]