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.