Bernard King was one of the greatest scorers the game of basketball has ever seen.
He played 14 seasons in the NBA spanning from 1977-93. He posted career averages of 22.5 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting better than 50 percent from the field.
I’m old enough to vividly recall the 60 points King dropped on the Nets Christmas day 1984. In tribute of his upcoming Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement, NBA TV will air a Bernard King documentary on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7:00 pm.
The program will look back on the career of one of the games most explosive scorers, who battled injury and addiction on his way to becoming an all time great.
“On the occasion of his upcoming enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame, the legendary Bernard King returns to his Brooklyn roots to reflect on a journey that took him from playground legend to NBA scoring sensation, one that included spectacular performances and an amazing comeback from a devastating injury. Through a dig into the definitive Bernard King vault, viewers will see why he was revered for his skill, work ethic and dedication to his craft. Highlights include 1984′s back-to-back 50 point games followed by his legendary playoff duel with Isiah Thomas, along with other archival gems that will bring his career to life once again. This half-hour special will also include reflections from such contemporaries as Magic Johnson, Chris Mullin and longtime teammate in college and the NBA, Ernie Grunfeld.”
Here is video footage of every basket King dropped against the Spurs and Mavericks, on his way to back to back 50 point nights.