Patrick Ewing regrets not staying with the Knicks

Eleven-time All Star Patrick Ewing (here with the Celtics' Robert Parish in 1986), spent 15 of his 17 NBA years with the Knicks. 

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Patrick Ewing recalled being "sick and tired" of all the backtalk when he asked to be traded from the Knicks in 2000.  

"After hearing rumbles in the locker room from your teammates that we’re better off without him … you just get sick and tired of it," Ewing told Adrian Wojnarowski on the Vertical podcast on Wednesday. "So I’m like, ‘You know what? Let me go. Be better off without me.’ I decided enough is enough and I asked for a trade."

So Ewing left to play a year with the Seattle SuperSonics and then the Orlando Magic before announcing his retirement as a player in 2002.

In retrospect, the Hall of Famer and now Charlotte Hornets associate head coach says he would have done things differently. 

"I should have stayed [in New York]," Ewing said simply. "I wish I hadn’t done it. I should have ended my career there. 

"The whole experience was great, we experienced a great run, you know. I loved the people in New York, they showed that they loved me, and it was disapointing I didn’t finish it there." 

For more on Ewing, including his first impressions of Michael Jordan and how the Georgetown alum never considered signing with North Carolina, listen to the full podcast here