Bernard King Rumors
Former Knicks great Bernard King is like a lot of New Yorkers and basketball fans — praying that Anthony Mason can recover from a massive heart attack. “I couldn’t believe it when I heard the news,’’ King told NBC 4 New York on Thursday morning at the Sheraton Midtown. “I just hope he can survive what apparently is very serious.’’
“He’s a great basketball mind,” Griz general manager Chris Wallace said. Bzdelik made the case that being away from the NBA for so long shouldn’t be viewed negatively because of the extent of his resume. “Players are so young now in the league that I’ve got a sense of how to connect with them by being in college and I have an understanding of that generation,” Bzdelik said. “I’ve been around a lot of veteran (NBA) players, too. My first year in the NBA with Washington we had Moses Malone and Bernard King. I can draw from both experiences as far as veteran players and younger players. I really missed the NBA. I love the NBA. I always stayed connected with it. It’s great to be back in it.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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].
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.”
Marc Berman: King: “I treasured playing for the #Knicks. I was home.” Thanks Woodson for his candidacy and Melo for “recognizing” his career.
It’s too close to call, says Bernard King. King, who played for the Knicks and Nets during a Hall-of-Fame career that will be honored this weekend, said injuries will decide which New York team is the better one in 2013-14 but said he believes both are legitimate Eastern Conference title contenders. “Injuries play such a major factor in how a team will perform,’’ said King, who will be enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday in Springfield, Mass. “It’s going to be competitive every game they face each other. It’s going to be a very interesting and great rivalry. But I think they’ll both be in the mix [for the Eastern Crown]. Miami is the top tier, they’re the team you’re chasing. No reason they [the Knicks and Nets] can’t compete with the other top-tier teams in the conference.’’
Bernard King, who played for the Knicks and Nets during a Hall-of-Fame career that will be honored this weekend, said injuries will decide which New York team is the better one in 2013-14 but said he believes both are legitimate Eastern Conference title contenders. “Injuries play such a major factor in how a team will perform,’’ said King, who will be enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday in Springfield, Mass. “It’s going to be competitive every game they face each other. It’s going to be a very interesting and great rivalry. But I think they’ll both be in the mix [for the Eastern Crown]. Miami is the top tier, they’re the team you’re chasing. No reason they [the Knicks and Nets] can’t compete with the other top-tier teams in the conference.’’
Once King copped to the party line, once everything was cool, his gig as a part-time studio analyst was safe. With the expanded postgame show, there was ample time to explain why King, the analyst, had become part of the Game 2 story line. Instead, they attempted to turn it all into a joke. Al (Wiggie) Trautwig reminded viewers they could follow him, Alan Hahn and Wally Szczerbiak on Twitter. “And we’ve gotten you (King) a fax machine,” Trautwig said, laughing. “I’m on fax,” King said. “So if you want to contact me, send me a fax.”
He must not care. It doesn’t matter to King that his story about an “associate” posting the Melo analysis is, at best, hard to believe and at worst a flat-out fib. Why would a man of King’s stature be so irresponsible, so careless, that he would actually let another person express his thoughts as if they were his? Probably because he didn’t. And if King was so adamant these were not his tweets, that a “friend” and “co-worker” had taken over his account posing as King, why was it a “Knicks official” who initially went to the media to spin King’s version of the story?
Carmelo Anthony shrugs off most criticism, but when the critique came from Bernard King, he noticed. On King’s twitter account a mild criticism appeared, urging Anthony to play more team ball. But as it gained attention, King claimed that the tweet wasn’t his – rather coming from “an associate” he told Newsday – and he shut the account down. “I found out about the alleged Bernard King tweet this morning when I got to shootaround,” Anthony said. “I didn’t think too much about it. I know Bernard very well and I heard he was trying to reach out to me to let me know it wasn’t something that he said, he just wanted to apologize. I didn’t really pay too much any mind to that at all.”
King said when traveling, as he was Monday, he entrusted his account to an associate whom he would not name or characterize. He said doing so had not been a problem previously. “I made a mistake,” he said. “It was a big mistake. Everyone knows in this city and around this country how much respect I have for Melo, and what I think of him not only as a player but as a person. I am disappointed this happened. Obviously these are not things I’ve said. I’ve always maintained that Melo should have been the MVP this year, and his skills are far more complete than mine when I played for the Knicks.”
Bernard King said Tuesday that it was not him but an associate who posted three critiques of Carmelo Anthony on King’s Twitter account Monday, and he disavowed the sentiments that were expressed. “I didn’t post it or tweet it, and I’m disappointed it came out like this,” the former Knick and recently elected Hall of Famer said as he prepared to serve as an analyst for MSG’s postgame show for Game 2 of the Pacers-Knicks series last night.