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At 6’7″ and 205 pounds, Bernard King epitomized the NBA small forward of the 1980s. The NBA star and four-time all-star played for the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and the Washington Bullets. A top scorer, King averaged 32.9 points per game during the 1984-85 season, more than any other player in the NBA that year.
The Brooklyn-born player played fourteen NBA seasons in total, leading the NBA in scoring in the 1984–85 season with 32.9 points per game and was selected twice to the All-NBA First Team and four times to the NBA All-Star Game.
Check out some of his biggest career highlights:
He scored fifty points in back-to-back games in 1984, and once dropped 60 on the Nets on Christmas Day.
Yet tragedy struck at the peak of his career, as King suffered a devastating knee injury – a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
He suffered the injury while planting his straight leg before jumping, causing the knee to bend, against the then-Kansas City Kings’ Reggie Theus as Theus was driving to the basket in Kansas City, Missouri on 23 March 1985.
He didn’t let it end his illustrious career and adapted his playing style after recovering from the injury.
He later told Inside Sports, “If I’m going to do something in life, I’ve always felt I had to be the best at it. That feeling drives me, gives me motivation. I knew that it would take a tremendous amount of effort to play again, but I wanted it. I didn’t want to just come back, I wanted to come back as an All-Star.”
He retired with 19,655 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.
“Talk to any guy who’s a scorer, and he’ll tell you there are times when you go into a zone,” King told Inside Sports. “When I was averaging 30 points a game. I didn’t have to think about anything. Everything is happening on a very instinctual level.. On a particular night, no matter what you do, there’s a feeling it’s going to work. It’s an incredible feeling. There’s nothing like it.”
He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on 8 September 2013.
Hall of Fame Ring Auction
Bernard chose NateDSanders.com to handle The Bernard King Hall of Fame ring auction:
Bernard King ring from his induction into the prestigious Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Large ring features a central round cut clear rhinestone, flanked by gold laurel sprigs on a bed of transparent red, possibly glass. On the sides are King’s name, a vignette of basketball players, the year 2013 and the Hall of Fame logo, underscored by 5 stars. Within is a 10k gold mark. Some scratching, else near fine. With an LOA signed by Bernard King. Sold for $40,625.
Bernard King’s Basketball Hall of Fame Trophy Auction:
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame trophy awarded to Bernard King upon his 8 September 2013 induction. Tall award statue features a stylized basketball-textured finial and plaque affixed to the front of the base that reads, ”Bernard King”. Measures 19.5” in height with a base diameter of 6.75”. Weighs 11 pounds, 11 ounces. Fine. With an LOA signed by Bernard King. Sold for $40,625.
Chet “The Jet” Walker chose NateDSanders.com to handle The Walker Hall of Fame ring auction:
With thirteen years as a legendary NBA Forward, Chet “The Jet” Walker amazingly scored a total of 18,831 points.
Being 6’6″ may have helped. Being known for his speed and agility may have helped. Being known for his incredible free-throws while on the Bulls later in his career may have helped. Never being on a team that didn’t make the playoffs may have helped — or maybe it’s just pure talent.
The list goes on for what amounted to the star being formally inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame on 7 September 2012 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Walker’s niche in the NBA is a distinctive one: the agile forward was named to the first ever all-rookie NBA team and won the 1967 NBA Championship as part of the team widely considered the greatest of all time, the 1967 Philadelphia 76ers.
Check out some of Chet’s career highlights in this awesome montage —
We at Nate D. Sanders Monthly Auctions had the privilege to auction this Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ring awarded to Chet Walker upon his 7 September 2012 induction. It sold for an astounding $49,555.
In his autobiography, “Long Time Coming: A Black Athlete’s Coming-of-Age in America,” Walker candidly and emotionally describes his oft volatile family life against the backdrop of a still racially divided America of the 60’s — and the effects on himself as an African American player.
Said Walker in this NYT article about the book, “We all think our era was the best, but when I played it was a fascinating time. As destructive as the era was, you had the anti-war movement and the civil rights movement. There was something positive. The human race came together. You had a purpose. Today I see a generation without a purpose. The whole purpose of ball players today seems to be money and living in big houses.”
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If you would like to buy, consign or sell to our next Hall of Fame ring auction, please contact Nate@NateDSanders.com or (310) 440-2982.