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    Nyk Logo Retire Bernard King's #30!

    Bernard King is arguably the Knicks' greatest scorer. His time with the Knicks was cut short by injury, but he is still one of the Knicks' greatest players. His jersey should go up in the rafters!

    Bernard King attended college at the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and was selected 7th overall in the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] by the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], who months later relocated from [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and became known as the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
    At 6'7" and 205 pounds, Bernard King epitomized the NBA [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] of the 1980s. Long arms and a quick release, King was explosive runner on the fast-break, King was known as a tremendous scorer, leading the NBA in scoring in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] with 32.9 points per game. He was twice selected to the All-NBA First Team and three times to the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
    In [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], his rookie season, he set a New Jersey Nets franchise record for most points scored in a season with 1,909, at [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. He would later surpass this record with his 2,027 point season in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], earning the first of his back-to-back All-NBA First Team selections.
    On January 31, 1984, as a Knick, King made history by becoming the first player since 1964 to score at least 50 points in consecutive games: scoring 50 points on 20 for 23 shooting with 10 free throws in a 117-113 Knicks victory over the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] on January 30, and following it up with another 50 point performance in another road victory - this time in a 105-98 win over the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] - on 20 for 28 shooting and 10 free throws. The next season, on [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], 1984, King lit up the New Jersey Nets for 60 points, becoming just the tenth player in NBA history to score [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
    At the peak of his career, however, King suffered a devastating knee injury - a torn [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in his right knee, while planting his leg before jumping, against the then-[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] on March 23, 1985. It required major reconstruction, causing King to miss all of the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and denying him his once explosiveness to the basket. Despite averaging 22.7 points per game during his first six games back, it was clear that King's explosiveness was diminished, and this prompted the New York Knicks to release him at the end of the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. However, King would have a very successful comeback with the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], improving his scoring average each year with the squad and returning to the All-Star Game one last time in 1991, his final full season in the NBA. After a year-and-a-half hiatus and a brief 32-game stint with the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] at the end of the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] problems forced Bernard King into retirement. King retired with 19,665 points in 874 games, for an average of 22.5 points per game during his career. At the time of his retirement, King ranked 16th on the all-time NBA scoring list. He is, as of February 2007, ranked 22nd.
    Bernard King's career point total of 19,665 ranks him 31st in total scoring in NBA history, as of September 2006. Of the 30 players with more career points, only [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] played fewer games than King.
    His [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] is the 21st highest single-season scoring average of all time.
    His career scoring average of 22.5 points per game is the 23rd highest all time, as of May 2006.
    Bernard King is currently 28th on the all-time field goals made list, with 7,830.
    One of 19 [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
    Recorded eight games of scoring 50 or more points.
    Had college jersey number retired.
    Had second longest streak of beating the Kentucky Wildcats (5 straight).
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    Agreed. Lets see King in the rafters.

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    How can you NOT love Bernard King? He use to destroy Larry Bird game in and game out!

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    get his jersey up there ASAP

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    they should.he'll always be known as a knick.

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    not only should his number be retired he should go to the hall of fame as well....Starks should have his jersey retired as well, #3 will always be remembered as Starks number.

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    I disagree. I don't think he accomplished enough as a Knick. He only played 5 seasons in New York. 1 season was cut short of injuries. A great player no doubt, but to be up there with Ewing and Clyde, you gotta do something very special for your franchise. King wasen't here long enough for that to happen. We gotta be very careful of whom we put up next to the great Patrick Ewing. There are better candidates than Bernard King who did more for The Knicks that are not up there.

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    i will like to se starks because that man loves th knciks lol and another player i will like to see is alan housten

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    Originally Posted by LeFlume
    I disagree. I don't think he accomplished enough as a Knick. He only played 5 seasons in New York. 1 season was cut short of injuries. A great player no doubt, but to be up there with Ewing and Clyde, you gotta do something very special for your franchise. King wasen't here long enough for that to happen. We gotta be very careful of whom we put up next to the great Patrick Ewing. There are better candidates than Bernard King who did more for The Knicks that are not up there.
    He was the greatest scorer in Knick history. He previously held the record for most points in a single game (before Kobe broke it). If it was not for that injury, him and Patrick Ewing would have won a championship. He shouldn't be denied the honor he deserves, just because an unfortunate injury shortened his career in NY. Who deserves it more than the King of NY?

    And I agree, Prince. He should go to the Hall of Fame too. I believe he's a finalist this year. We'll see if he gets in.

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    Starks, Houston, Oakley, they all have more years in a Knick uniform than King. To go up in the rafter and be there forever. You gotta be the face of the franchise for many years. Not just a scorer for 4 years and then you gone. It's not right to history nor the future, He is a great player and he was great as a Knicks. But he didn't put in enough time to be remembered as New York thru and thru. He played 5 years in NY and 10 elsewere..I don't think it's right

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    Originally Posted by LeFlume
    Starks, Houston, Oakley, they all have more years in a Knick uniform than King. To go up in the rafter and be there forever. You gotta be the face of the franchise for many years. Not just a scorer for 4 years and then you gone. It's not right to history nor the future, He is a great player and he was great as a Knicks. But he didn't put in enough time to be remembered as New York thru and thru. He played 5 years in NY and 10 elsewere..I don't think it's right
    The amount of time that a player spent on the team shouldn't have that much to do with it. Bernard King was the face of the franchise while he was here, and he carried this team at times in the playoffs. His time here meant the same, and was just as profound, as Starks, Houston, or Oakley. If he was "just a scorer for 4 years" then we probably wouldn't even remember him today. Bernard King was one of our greatest players, and his jersey deserves to be up in the rafters.

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    I want Starks and Oakley up there, because they did a lot for this organization and for many years, they were special and true new yorkers.
    But since a lot of guys wore their jerseys after their retirement, I don't think it will happen. It makes me sick to see a fat ass like Curry wearing nš34, it's an insult to Oakley.

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    Word..Great deserving player..No Doubt

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    I respect your opinion Jay. I just don't agree. There are other way's to honor him than retire his number in an arena he only played 30% of his career. They can have a Bernard King day every year or something. But his jersey should not be up there. It should be more special than that to go up in the rafter at MSG. Just my opinion. No offense to all Bernard King fans

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    Originally Posted by LeFlume
    I respect your opinion Jay. I just don't agree. There are other way's to honor him than retire his number in an arena he only played 30% of his career. They can have a Bernard King day every year or something. But his jersey should not be up there. It should be more special than that to go up in the rafter at MSG. Just my opinion. No offense to all Bernard King fans
    To each his own....

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