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This Day In Sports History (May 12th) – New York Knicks
It was on this day in 1985 that the NBA held its first ever Draft Lottery. The New York Knicks won the lottery and would go on to select Patrick Ewing out of Georgetown University with the#1 overall pick.
Ewing was a superstar at Georgetown, as they reached the championship game of the NCAA tournament in three out of the four years he played there, winning it all in 1984. Ewing would go on to have a great NBA career, as he was an 11-time all-star and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. However, Ewing retired in 2002 without the one thing he truly wanted – an NBA championship ring.
The NBA instituted the Lottery System in 1985 due to the fact that it was speculated the Houston Rockets, among others, were throwing games late in the season to finish with the worst record and therefore secure the first pick. In the new system each non-playoff team had an equal chance to obtain the first pick.
Here it is! With the #1 pick the New York Knicks select Patrick Ewing!
Yogi Berra, MLB – Born May 12th 1925 (age 86) in St. Louis, Missouri
Mike Weir, PGA – Born May 12th 1970 (age 41) in Sarnia, Ontario
Lawrence Phillips, NFL – Born May 12th 1975 (age 36) in Little Rock, Arkansas