Alife and Ewing Athletics teamed up for a pre-release party this week for the Ewing Eclipse Olympic pack in which originally debuted in the 1992 summer Olympic games. Patrick Ewing and Fabolous were both in attendance for the anticipated release. We got a chance to speak with Patrick as he gave his thoughts on the Ewing Eclipse ‘Olympic’ Pack and why the pair is so special to him. As a member of the 1992 ‘Dream Team’ and as one of the NBA’s most respected legends, he gave us his thoughts on the current state of the NBA, thoughts on the ‘new look’ Knicks, his favorite NBA player in the game today and as the associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, he discussed new moves for the Hornets this off-season and what to expect from them this upcoming NBA season. We also got his thoughts on players wanting to take a stand on gun violence.

What are your thoughts on the ‘new look’ Knicks?

Who’s that? (laughs) I mean, they’ve picked up some great pieces. When D-Rose is healthy hopefully he can get back to that game; he is definitely going to help them. Melo is Melo; he had a great year last year. Hopefully he can get better and just keep doing what he does.

What are your thoughts on the Ewing Eclipse Olympic Pack?

I’m proud of the shoe. It’s the same shoe I wore in the Olympics in ’92 when I won my second gold medal and I’m hoping that people out there, sneakerheads, love it.

What do you like most about the Ewing Eclipse ?

They are very comfortable and secondly, they are the shoes I wore when I won the gold medal where I played with some of the greatest players to ever play this game. Just history in them.

Which Ewing is your favorite pair of them all?

I like all of them, I don’t really have one where I can say I like it the best. The “Olympic” Ewing because I won a gold medal in it, it’s special. I just like all of them.

How are the Hornets looking this off-season and what new moves are you guys trying to make?

We lost Al Jefferson and we picked up Roy Hibbert so hopefully he can get back to his form of two, three years ago. We resigned Marvin Williams and Nick Batum; we are expecting them to have a great year for us as they did last year. We also traded for Belinelli from Sacramento—we feel he’s only going to add to our depth, so we are expecting to have a very good year next year.

If Kemba Walker can stay healthy do you feel he has some great years in store?

He’s here right now in the city working out. He’s doing his basketball camp I think it’s in the Bronx and he’s here working out, so he’s been working on his game. He worked on his game last year and he had an outstanding year for us. We expect great things out of him.

What are your thoughts on the current state of the NBA?

The game is at an all-time high. Both the owners and players are successful in terms of economics, they’re both making money. I hope it continues. The better the league does, the better for my job.

Who is your favorite player in the NBA today?

My favorite player? Kemba Walker. If I’m going to pick somebody as my favorite player, I’m going to pick somebody that’s on my team.

What are your thoughts on players wanting to take a stand on gun violence?

I think it’s great they are standing up. There’s a lot of craziness going on in this world today and I think it’s great these guys are standing up for what they believe in.

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Photos: Ryan Ricketts