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?
Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs
Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:
Dwight Howard just told us on Texans Radio that he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the WCF vs the Warriors
It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.
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