Round Two in the heavyweight rivalry that is the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets goes the the ‘Bockers. After being down by as much as 17 in the first half, the Knicks clawed their way back and pulled out an improbable 100-97 victory. Carmelo Anthony scored a season and Knicks career high 45 points. Jason Kidd, who hit the game-winning three-pointer, had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in his first game against his former team as a member of the Knicks. Andray Blatche led Brooklyn with 23 points while Deron Williams had a double double with 18 points and 10 assists.
…Bernard King became a Knickerbocker.
On Friday, October 22nd, 1982, the New York Knicks traded Michael Ray Richardson to the Golden State Warriors for Bernard King. King is well-known for being one of the greatest scorers in the history of the NBA, with a career total of 19,655 points in 874 games. Atlanta Hawks superstar and Hall-of-Famer, Dominique Wilkins, once told John Hareas of NBA.com that, “Bernard King is the only guy that ever scared the hell out of me.” Larry Bird, “I had no chance guarding Bernard.” High praise for such a decorated player (4-time All-Star, 2-time All-NBA First Team, NBA scoring champion) that is not in the Hall-of-Fame.