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Video: The time when Bernard King dropped 50 on back-to-back nights

Sep 1, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

The NBA was pretty loaded during the era Bernard King played and, unfortunately, that’s allowed his legacy to get overshadowed a bit. The four-time NBA All-Star is being inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame this year, however, so it’s time some of the newer basketball fans familiarize themselves with the living legend.

The Brooklyn native played 14 seasons in the NBA spanning from 1977 through an ill-advised 1992-93 campaign with the New Jersey Nets, posting career averages of 22.5 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting better than 50 percent from the field. The 6’7 forward’s best years came in the mid-80s, earning two First Team All-NBA honors and leading the league in scoring with 32.9 points per contest during his 1984-85 season with the New York Knicks.

He’s probably most famous for the time he dropped 50 on back-to-back nights, though, in January of 1984. And, thanks to the NBA’s YouTube account, ever bucket that happened is now available for our viewing consumption.

He could score a bit, huh?

  1. htownred34 - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Best part was he wasn’t a checker always an efficient shooter over 50% is excellent for any player

  2. raycharlesj - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    One of my all time favorite players, One of the most explosive scorers of his era, Bernard King had a fascinating career. Major knee reconstruction cost him two years at the peak of his abilities. When he returned to the court despite great odds against a comeback, he had to adjust his style of play to accommodate his diminished physical abilities and was still almost unstoppable.

  3. unsportsmenmic - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic.

  4. fotydaze - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Way past due, the man was a BEAST!!!!!!

  5. seanb20124 - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Loved him as a bullet

  6. giantssb42champs - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Should have been MVP that season. He was gypped. I believe he won the sporting news player of the year which was voted by players.

  7. General37 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Back in the mid 80’s he was by far the top scoring player, better than Jordan and Bird, not a total better player, but as just a scorer he was great, a real shame he messed up his knee, would of been a sure fire hall of famer.

  8. dysraw1 - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    My main man Bernardo he is still one of my all time favorites,a no nonsense type of who brought it to whoever was in front of him. I could go on for days talking about his exploits on just his 31/2 seasons here perhaps another time

  9. badintent - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    His brother Albert was pretty good but not in BK ‘s class. However , Al had the good sense to buy Wendy’s franchises and was seen cleaning tables in the management training program. His lesson of good money planning should have been at the forefront of the NBA rookie program . But Herr Stern was too busy counting his money and patting himself on the back

    • dysraw1 - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      i remember Alberto smooth like Jamaal Wilkes,he and his brother had some real battles

      • badintent - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:43 AM

        great battles. nice recall.wilkes smooth like silk, Albert smooth like rayon. lol

      • dysraw1 - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:27 PM


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