HoopsHype Bernard King rumors

August 15, 2014 Updates

Bernard King will stay in Russia and will play with Krasny Oktyabr next season too, source told Sportando. The player agreed to a one-year extension with the Russian club. King arrived in Russia last March and he averaged 12.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. Sportando

May 28, 2014 Updates

Bernard King is showing that money trumps nostalgia. King had to wait his turn before he was welcomed into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year. Now, the Brooklyn product and former Knicks great is wasting little time profiting from the honor. King, who spent four seasons with the Knicks, is selling off his Hall of Fame induction ring and Hall of Fame trophy Thursday at the Nate D. Sanders auction house in Los Angeles. The two items were initially set for bidding starting at $40,000 for the ring and $32,500 for the trophy. But King chose to sell the items to the auction house rather than put them up for consignment, where he would have waited 45 days to receive payment, Sanders said. New York Daily News

January 27, 2014 Updates

Bryant’s Garden outburst occurred in February 2009 when D’Antoni was the Knicks’ coach. Asked what he remembered about that night, D’Antoni said: “That we were in the game — obviously, the Lakers were a better team — at a minute-twenty to go, we had the ball, down 1.” Was he hinting something else, between the lines, about his former antagonist? That Anthony’s shattering of Bernard King’s single-game franchise record of 60 points was achieved against an anemic Charlotte team and, worse, contrived in the midst of an end-to-end blowout? Bryant, who is friends with Anthony, conceded in a pregame interview that there was currency in scoring “points more needed,” but added that it wasn’t as if Charlotte were assisting Anthony in the process. New York Times

January 25, 2014 Updates

Bernard King was flying to Houston when Carmelo Anthony broke his franchise scoring record Friday night. But King found out shortly after he landed that Anthony had lit up the Charlotte Bobcats for 62 points. King said his phone was "buzzing" with voice-mail messages and texts saying, 'Melo broke your record. Melo broke your record." And King couldn't have been happier. "It was a delight to know he played at such a magnificent level," King said in a phone interview yesterday. "I had an opportunity to watch a great deal of the footage on the highlights. It was really special to see he really performed in such a manner, hitting jump shots, driving to the basket, and even the half-court shot looked like it was in rhythm, like it was a normal jump shot for him. "I know how he felt during that game in performing that way. I've been there before. I'm delighted that the record was broken by him." Newsday

Bernard King said he always knew Carmelo Anthony would smash his 60-point Knicks scoring record once he came to New York. King said he’s “delighted it happened” and sent Anthony a long congratulatory text late Friday night. On the day after Anthony lit the Garden up for 62 points, setting MSG and team records, King told The Post he hopes the magical evening ultimately will convince Anthony to re-sign with the Knicks this summer when he’s a free agent. New York Post

One game after it appeared his frustration level had hit a new low, Anthony made Friday a magical, memorable evening by scoring a franchise and Garden record 62 points, topping his idol Bernard King and Kobe Bryant, respectively. Anthony’s greatness carried the 16-27 Knicks to a 125-96 romp over the Bobcats to snap a five-game losing streak as the Garden crowd went bonkers and chanted his name most of the second half. New York Post

January 24, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony has scored a Knicks-record 62 points — also the most at the current Madison Square Garden — in New York’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. Anthony set the records when he banked in a short jumper with 7:24 remaining, giving the Knicks a 109-72 lead. He broke Bernard King’s team mark of 60 points and passed Kobe Bryant’s building record of 61, set five years ago. Anthony shot 23 of 35 from the field, including a make when he took off from midcourt at the halftime buzzer, and grabbed 13 rebounds. He passed Kevin Durant’s 54 points for most in the NBA this season. New York Post

January 14, 2014 Updates

The Grizzlies will be honoring a trio of former NBA players in Bernard King, Dikembe Mutombo and JoJo White as part of Memphis’ celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Monday. The Grizzlies are hosting their 12th annual celebration day on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday when they play the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday afternoon. King and White will be honored for their work for civil and human rights with the annual National Civil Rights Sports Legacy award. Mutombo, honored in 2007 who could not attend until now, also will take part in events presented by the Grizzlies, the National Civil Rights Museum and both the city of Memphis and Shelby County. Washington Times

December 27, 2013 Updates
November 11, 2013 Updates

When I first started covering the NBA, I witnessed a sight I'll never forget. I was in the Bullets' locker room after a training camp practice. There were two young players in the room, sitting down, talking with one another. They were both African-American. I wasn't interviewing either; I was just in the room, waiting for God knows who. Anyway, they were both young, and history has consigned whatever they were talking about to the dustbin of my memory. The only thing I remember is that they dropped the n-word early and often throughout their conversations: "this n----r was sayin'," and so on. Until Bernard King walked into the room, and overheard them. "Hey, we don't use that word in here," he said. He didn't shout. He didn't threaten. He just said it, as firmly as a Jack Nicklaus 12-footer in the heart of the cup at Augusta, circa 1972. NBA.com

There was an awkward silence. And I never heard them use it again. At least not while they were on the roster -- which neither was for much longer. That is the kind of leadership that is so sorely lacking in South Florida this morning. NBA.com

November 5, 2013 Updates

Bernard King says he dealt with racism off the court that included clashes with police while starring for Tennessee in the 1970s. In an ESPN “30 for 30″ documentary airing Tuesday, King said that former Volunteers coach Ray Mears warned him that he’d heard some local officers would “do anything to get him.” New York Post

Bernard King says he dealt with racism off the court that included clashes with police while starring for Tennessee in the 1970s. In an ESPN "30 for 30" documentary airing today, King said that former Volunteers coach Ray Mears warned him that he'd heard some local officers would "do anything to get him." King, the first former Tennessee player inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, cites one incident in which he says an officer hit him in the head with the butt of his gun while responding to a loitering report. The documentary, "Bernie and Ernie," focuses on the friendship of King and ex-college teammate Ernie Grunfeld. Philadelphia Inquirer

October 15, 2013 Updates

The so-called gurus of basketball want LeBron to be Bernard King. I'm not Bernard King. I'm not a flat-out scorer like that. That's not all that I do. I do a little bit of everything. I averaged 31 in Cleveland my third or fourth year, and that didn't get us anywhere. I led the league in scoring. People forget that. I led the league in scoring one year, and I think I was second or third behind Kobe and Allen Iverson another year. [James actually has finished second in points per game three times.] I think it's great that you can put up a lot of points, but that ain't my legacy -- being a scorer. When you say LeBron James, you ain't gonna say, "Ahh, man, he was a flat-out scorer." I did a little bit of everything. I can score, though [big smile]. ESPN.com

September 15, 2013 Updates

With modern technology, King’s recovery from torn ACLs would have been swifter and less strenuous. King said he harbors no ill feelings about how quickly players currently rehabilitate from what was considered a career-threatening injury 30 years ago. “I don’t think about being any younger due to the advancement in technology,” he said. “At 34 years old, I was the third-leading scorer in the league on a rebuilt knee and making an All-Star team. I don’t think it gets much better than that. “I’m happy for the players because of the fact they don’t have to go through what I went through. I hope that Derrick Rose is 100 percent this year. He has a unique skill.” Boston Globe

September 8, 2013 Updates

Marc Berman: King: "I treasured playing for the #Knicks. I was home." Thanks Woodson for his candidacy and Melo for "recognizing" his career. Twitter @NYPost_Berman

September 7, 2013 Updates

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