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Bernard King's Knee Is Reinjured

October 20, 1986

Forward Bernard King, who hasn't played for the New York Knicks since March 23, 1985, because of torn ligaments and cartilage in his right knee, stepped in a hole while jogging Sunday and will miss 3 to 6 weeks of rehabilitation.

Knicks' spokesman Carl Martin said King was running near his home in Franklin Lakes, N.J., when he sprained his right ankle and knee, the same one that was severely injured in a game against Kansas City in 1985, when he was the NBA scoring champion. A doctor's examination subsequently showed that King has a partial tear in a knee ligament.

"We have to consider it serious because it's another 3- to 6-week setback," Knicks' General Manager Scotty Stirling said.

King, who had not announced a timetable for returning to uniform for the Knicks this season, took part in practice drills on Friday for the first time since the injury. He surprised Knicks' Coach Hubie Brown by showing up in training camp.

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