Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  11 responses

Bernard King’s Brush With Death

Scary stuff for one of the game’s greats: “Three months ago, Bernard King fell down 17 stairs, cracked his head open and nearly died. Saturday night in Atlanta, he ended up in the hospital after barely being able to finish a walk home…Saturday night, King suffered what he called a “precursor to a stroke,” and he said yesterday that if he hadn’t called an ambulance to get him to the hospital, he ‘probably wouldn’t be here.’ King’s stroke ‘precursor’ occurred after he had walked a mile and a half, then sat down for 20 minutes before starting his journey back home. But he said he was able to walk only 10 steps at a time, then had to take a two-minute rest. He repeated that pattern the entire walk home. ‘I finally got home and realized I was in trouble and called for an ambulance,’ said King, who works in energy management. As a result of the hospital stay and a visit with a cardiologist yesterday morning, King learned he has high blood pressure and is now on medication.”

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  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    I thought this was gonna be about him sitting next to Richie Guerin

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    jokes aside, this sounds pretty bad. isn’t he in his 50′s? too young to be experiencing this kind of stuff

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    wow what a story…. amazing. Glad he’s still alive man….

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    One of the greats. I’m glad he has medication now.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Get well soon and take care, Bernard King.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    glad hes ok. this man should have been in the hof years ago. if he had died, all of a sudden you would hear schmucks saying he should be in the hof, but you dont hear anyone saying that now. one day…..

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Dude needs to change his damn diet. Stop being fat, Bernard! The Knicks should do a “Biggest Losers” show on MSG with him, Anthony Mason and Eddy Curry. Of course the name would make people think it was a documentary about the Isiah Era, but hey.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Wasnt he on the NBATV pannel a couple months ago?

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    According to Russ: Bernard King = Burger King

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    That was uncalled for, Russ and ciolk. Seriously.
    And Tarzan, doesn’t he have a shot at being a HOF this year?

  • chintao

    The tone of Tarzan’s post came off homaginous (half homage, half ominous). Russ’s post came off like a typical Bulls fan’s.