Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bernard KING and Ernie GRUNFELD...the "BERNIE and ERNIE" SHOW...Tennessee VOLUNTEERS Basketball...Rocky TOP Basketball's Favorite DUO in the SEC #KNICKS #BULLETS #KansasCityKINGS #BUCKS

From the Streets of New York City and it's High School Basketball to Knoxville Tennessee and the Smokey Mountains to Stardom in the NBA and later in Management. Maybe the best Southeastern Conference Duo ever to lace them up.

Stand Up and put your Mitts together for Forwards Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld. Together at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville they would become the BERNIE and ERNIE Show...and High-Scoring Duo that could only be controlled by themselves.

Both Bernie and Ernie were about the same size, 6'7" and around 210, both were dynamic scorers and Ernie Grunfeld was the more heralded of the bunch out of High School.

They could hit you in a variety of ways from deep, mid-range, and off the Bounce as well as to the rim slashing and playing above the rim. Grunfeld was the All-Time leading scorer in UT History until one Alum and Louisville Ky Ballard HS Shooting Guard Allan Houston broke his record.

King would just get you in bunches a complete scoring machine and was virtually impossible to guard. Long and athletic he could run the floor with the best of them. King just dominated and many felt he would be the better Pro than Grunfeld because of the variety of ways he could score the ball.

King was 3 Times SEC Conference Player of the Year and 1st Team All-American his Senior Year.. Grunfeld was SEC Player of the Year one year and 2nd Team All-American his Senior Year.

Then when both turned Professional that was clearly the case Ernie played with # Teams for nine years. The Bucks, Knicks, and the Kansas City Kings and was a role player in the Association.

King played for 14 seasons and just terrorized the league having four all-star appearances, NBA Scoring Champ one season, two-time All-NBA 1st Team. King would just light up Madison Square Garden every night. And not since Knicks G Clyde "WALT" Frazier was there such a buzz in MSG.

King played for 6 Team in his 14-Year NBA Career and his best years were probably when he was in New York City playing for the Knicks from 1982-87. King blew out his knee in 1985 taking a lot of his athleticism away and He was never the same after that.

But the SEC (Southeastern Conference) will always remember the dazzling displays of scoring an pure hardwood wizardry from Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld. But most of all they will go down as UT Knoxville's Own the "BERNIE and ERNIE Show from old Rocky Top Tennessee.

To this day King has been nominated for the Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame but hasn't gotten the call to get in. Grunfeld is currently the Washington Wizards General Manager and has been in an NBA Front Office for some 20 plus years to date.

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