Patrick Ewing was on the verge of signing a lucrative contract with Nike.

One of the greatest NBA players in history who never received a championship ring was Patrick Ewing.

The 7-foot center developed a reputation as a formidable force in the paint while

spending the majority of his career with the New York Knicks.

The Knicks big man not only missed out on the championship, but also a significant shoe deal with Nike.

A year after Michael Jordan's entry into the league, Ewing was selected first overall in the 1985 NBA draft.

The Chicago Bulls shooting guard already had a shoe line with Nike when

the center made his debut, which ultimately produced problems for Ewing.

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