30 for 30: Season 2, Episode 14

Bernie and Ernie (5 Nov. 2013)

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Bernard King arrived to Knoxville, he was only the third African American ever to play for the Vols' varsity team. By the time he left he was a legend. In his freshman year he dazzled fans ... See full summary »

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Bernard King arrived to Knoxville, he was only the third African American ever to play for the Vols' varsity team. By the time he left he was a legend. In his freshman year he dazzled fans in Knoxville, and with talented teammate Ernie Grunfeld, gained national acclaim as part of what was known as "The Ernie and Bernie Show". King was a three time SEC player of the year, a consensus All-American in 1977 and drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the first round. We will learn about King's strict upbringing in Brooklyn, New York, the success he enjoyed and the challenges he faced at the University of Tennessee, and the obstacles he overcame in the NBA as he looked to live up to the promise of his college career. "It may sound egotistical to say, but I never surprised myself-or almost never-because I prepared to be successful. When it all came together, I was the best in the game." Bernard King Written by Anonymous

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Good but the focus of the show didn't seem too sure of itself.
24 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Like all the "30 for 30" shows by ESPN, this one is well worth seeing. However, it's certainly one of the lesser episodes because the show's title and the focus of the show didn't quite match or gel. While you'd THINK it was all about the relationship or teamwork between Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld, this really only makes up a small portion of the film and really never seemed very important. And, the film really didn't have that much to do with Grunfeld either--at least much of the time. So, if you are looking for that connection, you'll probably be a bit disappointed, as the filmmakers were looking for a hook---and the supposed connection seemed to be their hook.

Despite this serious problem, you cannot help but enjoy watching this film. It's mostly about Bernard King and his college and NBA career. His reclusiveness and resilience are great stories in and of themselves and the film is worth your time.


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