NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If only Patrick Ewing was never discussed.
Retired NBA star Grant Hill says he “wanted to go to the Knicks” when he hit the open market in 2000. But New York, then a perennial playoff contender under coach Jeff Van Gundy, missed out on the year’s most coveted free agent when Ewing’s name emerged in sign-and-trade talks.
Hill eventually landed with the Orlando Magic in a deal with the Detroit Pistons.
“You gotta understand. I grew up a Georgetown fan,” Hill said Monday on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show. “I didn’t want to be that guy, and (I) just respected Pat too much.”