Great King, who scored, reveals that he nearly signed with Bird’s…

Great King, who scored, reveals that he nearly signed with Bird’s…

In search of a new team, Bernard King was in the summer of 1987. He claimed that the Boston Celtics, led by Larry Bird, were almost the team he selected.

For those who may not be aware, King was essentially Carmelo Anthony before Anthony, as the forward was a prolific scorer with a mid-range game that was automatic.

King had his best seasons (1982–1987) as a member of the Knicks. However, King’s explosiveness was diminished by a knee injury, and the Knicks sent him into free agency.

In the meantime, Bird and the Celtics required assistance. They had recently returned to the Finals for the fourth time in a row, but they lost in six games to Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Thus, King and the Celtics had a lot to gain from one another. It nearly happened, as King clarified to Eddie Johnson and Justin Termine on SiriusXM NBA radio.

“I hired Bob Wolfe, the legendary agent at the time, after my last season in New York,” King remarked. Wolfe represented Larry Bird. “One day, I got a call from him saying that Boston wanted to talk to me about maybe joining their franchise.”

You paid attention when those Celtics called.

King laughed, “I thought to myself, ‘Hey, here’s a chance to win a championship.” “I took a plane to Boston, went to the doctor, and entered the office. At the desk, smoking his fabled cigar, is Red Auerbach. Both team president Alan Cohen and K.C. Jones, the former Celtics coach, are present.”

In essence, King was the target of the Celtics’ full-court pressure. At that point in his career, King would have been a valuable veteran addition off the bench, sometimes even playing alongside Bird.

Red was the only person to speak, King remembered. “‘Bernard, why do you want to join the Celtics?'” he asked. We have a decent small forward here, don’t you think?

It is clear that Auerbach was referring to Bird. King didn’t care about that. His goal was to take home the title.

The Celtics eventually extended a contract offer to King.

“The Washington Bullets called me while I was visiting the Celtics,” King stated. “It was simply too good an offer to decline—theirs was better than the Celtics’.”

King signed with the Bullets as a result. And, predictably enough, heard from Bird about it in the end.

“Throughout the years we played against each other, Bird was one of those guys I never spoke to,” King remarked. “But who are we playing against in my first game with the Washington Bullets that (next) season? The Celtics of Boston.

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