Here’s a vision of Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld on Christmas day 25 years ago. Notice his semi-festive tie? Then again, Grunfeld is Jewish, so it probably wasn’t that festive. Here, Grunfeld is a ripe 29 years old, in his third season with the New York Knicks, which was also his second to last in the NBA.
So what’s Grunfeld doing? He’s checking out Bernard King score a Christmas day 60 points, albeit in a 120-114 loss to the New Jersey Nets, while sitting on the bench in street clothes, out with an injury.
For more on King’s 60-point game, check out the article, ‘King gifted 60 points on Christmas day 25 years ago,’ by Steve Aschburner on NBA.com or a recent quick Howard Beck interview with King on the New York Times’ NBA blog, Off The Dribble.
I’ve also written historically about King and Grunfeld on this site before. One post was about the time I saw King score 44 points as a Washington Bullet against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. And another post was about when Grunfeld was on the court for Patrick Ewing’s debut as a Knick (which I did not see in person).