New York City, New York
The 1980s gave birth to the signature basketball shoe as many players received their own shoe model from companies, and in 1989 Patrick Ewing took it one step further, becoming the first professional basketball player to have his own shoe company. Before becoming a professional, Patrick dominated the collegiate ranks and wound up going to New York as the top pick in the 1985 draft. The most revered and beloved player in New York history, Patrick was voted as one of the 50 greatest players of all time and his career accomplishments read as such. They include 1986 Rookie of the Year, 11 time All-Star, two time Olympic Gold Medalist (1984 and 1992) and finally, being voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
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