Throwback Thursday - Bernard King


Bernard King was born December 4, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York. A small forward in the NBA, he was drafted in Round 1, pick 7 overall by the New Jersey Nets. King was known for his fast-break running skills, long-reach arms and the ability to sink the shots. On a Texas road-trip in 1984, as a Knick, he made history by becoming the first player since 1964 to score at least 50 points in consecutive games against the Spurs and then following up against the Mavs.

Bernard was at the peak of his career when he suffered a devastating knee injury, a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which took him out for an entire season.

He accumulated many accolades including 4x NBA All-Star, NBA scoring champion (1985) and NBA All-Rookie Team in 1978. During his illustrious career he played for 5 different teams, Nets, Jazz, Warriors, Knocks and Bullets.

Off the court, King dabbled in some acting, appearing as the star player of a Miami college basketball team and son of a corrupt judge (played by Bill Russell) in the 1985 episode of Miami Vice. And in 1987, King appeared in a Converse commercial for their shoe "The Weapon". The commercial also featured stars such as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Mark Aguirre and Isiah Thomas rapping about the shoe's impact on their game.

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