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Prayers answered as Ewing becomes a Knick
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
May 12, 1985
On the day of the NBA's first draft lottery, Dave DeBusschere attends mass near his Long Island home. The New York Knicks head of basketball operations says some prayers, like he always does.
"And then I thought, I'll be a little selfish and ask for Patrick Ewing in the lottery," DeBusschere says.
His prayers are answered. The two teams left in the lottery are Indiana and New York, and when Commissioner David Stern pulls out a logo for the No. 2 pick and announces Pacers, the Knicks have won the lottery. The grand prize is the right to draft Ewing, the three-time All-American center who averaged 15.3 points and 9.2 rebounds in his four seasons at Georgetown.
"I wasn't hoping for a particular team," Ewing says. "I just wanted to get it over with. I was so anxious and keyed up."
The Knicks thought they were getting a savior. Fourteen seasons later, they still will be waiting to win their first NBA title with Ewing.