July 23, 1998 12:00 AM

Forget the Olympics — for a minute, anyway. Today’s biggest news in sports comes from the New York Knicks, who sent their 15-year star center, Patrick Ewing, to Seattle’s SuperSonics in a four-team, 12-player trade yesterday. The Knicks are getting the sharp-shooting Glen Rice and Travis Knight from the Los Angeles Lakers and Luc Longley from the Phoenix Suns, among others. It is being said that Ewing, 38, who was disappointed in his fellow Knicks, forced the deal. “It became clear that he was looking for a change,” Knicks general manager Scott Layden told The New York Times. “We respected his request.” Ewing, a former Georgetown all-American who was the No. 1 draft pick in 1985, worked hard — but in vain — for 15 years in search of an NBA championship. But, as The Times points out, it’s unlikely he’ll find it with the Sonics, so long as the Lakers and Portland’s Trail Blazers are still around.

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