March 25, 2007

WANNA FEEL OLD?:

Fathers and Sons: College Glory, Family Legacies Intersect As Georgetown Plays for Final Four (Camille Powell, 3/25/07, Washington Post)

When the Georgetown men's basketball team faces North Carolina on Sunday evening for a spot in its first Final Four since 1985, the two men most responsible for that 22-year-old achievement will be watching. Patrick Ewing Sr., the greatest player in school history, will contort his 7-foot frame into a cushioned folding chair in the stands, and his former coach, John Thompson Jr., will provide commentary on CBS Radio.

But Thompson's professional obligations aside, the two men will be here as fathers first, athletic legends second. Georgetown's basketball renaissance has been cultivated by a coach named John Thompson with help from a player named Patrick Ewing, Hoyas of a new generation.

For the fathers, adjusting to their new roles is not always easy. Over the first 11 games of the season, Ewing Jr. averaged only 8.6 minutes of play per game. In four of those games, he didn't attempt a single shot. He wasn't bothered by his role, but his father was.

"It was frustrating for me," said Ewing Sr., who stepped down from his assistant coach position with the Houston Rockets to watch his son play this season. "Big John called me and said, 'Let him have the relationship with his coach that your mother and father let you have with me.' But it was hard to sit here and see him not playing."

John Thompson Jr., meantime, said he tries not to dole out advice, coach-to-coach, to his son, John Thompson III. But father-to-son, well, that's different. "The father has the right and license to meddle anytime he wants to," Thompson Jr. said.


We used to watch them play the Orangemen at the Carrier Dome and now here are their kids...

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 25, 2007 9:52 AM
Comments

I feel sorry for Ewing, Jr.

Posted by: erp at March 25, 2007 2:56 PM

I just heard Time's winged chariot shifting gears behind me.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at March 25, 2007 9:26 PM

Bob, was that Father Time, or the magazine?

Posted by: erp at March 26, 2007 7:47 AM
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