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The best Tennessee basketball player of all time is now in the hall of fame. I searched the board. Didn't see a similar thread. I want memories from our veteran crowd please.
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I saw King play every home game and several road games. It was so much fun to watch him play because he played with great joy and passion. I remember late in his career at Tennessee Leon Douglas, an All-American center at Alabama, called him out and said he would shut King down. It was a joke. King scored at will on Douglas (I think he had something like 36) and we beat the Tide. Douglas played for a number of years with the Bulls and King is going to the Hall of Fame.
His quickness was breathtaking - both his first step and spin move were amazing. He could play either facing the basket or with his back to it. He could get off the floor faster than anyone else so guys had to cheat a little bit to contest his jump shot. As time went on, King developed a pump fake that made him almost unstoppable. When the defender left his feet King either drove past him or went up for an uncontested jump shot. Unless you saw him play you just can't believe what a scoring machine he was. Dominique Wilkins said that King was the only player he feared.
I was going to do the same, but was not sure if it has been posted. I am really happy for King! thanks for posting +1
His game was just as spectacular as Jordan's in his prime. He was a joy to watch. If it hadn't been for the knee injury his numbers would have been off the charts. This clip does a pretty good job of summing up his pro career. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhFidxhezHA Congratulations Bernard, this honor is richly deserved!
Larry Bird thought a lot of King, said he was the hardest player to guard of his entire career, and he had to guard some of the best that ever played the game. Best BB player to ever wear the Orange and White, IMHO.
Like you, I saw King play all the home games in his career and he schooled a lot of people. Quickest jumper I have ever seen. He was much, much tougher than people gave him credit for. He got hammered often because of his quckness and excellent shot fakes. I'd love to see him in his prime play in todays game. It would be a show!
"Never take for granted what it means to be a Volunteer." Peyton Manning
Attended all of his home games. He owned UK. He was the definition of quick, great rebounder and as tough as they come. Possibly Kevin Nash learned 'bout toughness from BK. :)
What made King even greater, IMO, is that he shared the floor with Ernie Grunfeld, another of the greatest players in Tennessee history, and both scored in bunches. I still hate it that the Ernie and Bernie Show didn't fare well in the NCAA tournament.
Still shocks me to think that Kevin Nash played basketball at Tennessee. Who remembers him playing?
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