Former Washington Bullets forward Bernard King was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday, and while he did not address his time spent with the Wizards franchise, he did make a point of complimenting their current Team President.
"I was fortunate to team with Ernie Grunfeld," said King during his induction speech. "We had the best chemistry of any player I ever played with, on any level." King, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, and Grunfeld, who was raised in Queens, New York, joined forces in 1974 at the University of Tennessee. The New York duo played three seasons together and became known as "The Ernie and Bernie Show."
Grunfeld averaged 17.4 points and 7.2 rebounds in his rookie season, without the help of King. The 6-6 guard-forward found even more opportunities to score with the introduction of King, who averaged 26.4 points and 12.3 rebounds in his rookie season. The duo went on to average just under 50 points per game after three seasons (49.8 PPG).
Like former Wizards guard and NBA Legend Michael Jordan, Washington served as a final resting place for King. Even so--and despite an early career ACL tear and constant knee injuries--King managed 28.4 points per game in 1990-91, in his final season as a Bullets forward and his second to last season as an NBA player. Not bad for a 34-year-old. Jordan, who was 34-years-old during his final season with the Chicago Bulls in 1997-98, averaged a mere 26.7 points.