The University of Tennessee retired Ernie Grunfeld’s No. 22 jersey at halftime of the Vols’ 63-60 win over Kentucky Sunday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Grunfeld is UT’s second all-time leading scorer with 2,249 career points. He held the title of the Vols’ all-time points leader for two decades until Allan Houston scored 2,801 in his four-year career to break the record in 1993.

Grunfeld played with fellow All-American Bernard King under legendary Vols’ head coach Ray Mears.  The Grunfeld-King duo was famously dubbed “The Ernie & Berne Show”.

Grunfeld and King were the Southeastern Conference’s top two scorers from 1975-77.

The Vols’ only retired men’s basketball number, before Sunday, was the no. 53 worn by King, who was honored when Tennessee hosted Kentucky last season. Tennessee’s rivalry with Kentucky thrived during the days of the “Ernie & Bernie Show.”

Grunfeld was drafted 11th overall in 1977 by the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. He spend nine years playing in the NBA with the Bucks, Kansas City Kings and New York Knicks. He has worked as the Knicks’ general manager and now is president of operations for the Washington Wizards.

He also helped lead the United States to the gold medal in the 1976 Olympics.

Grunfeld spent nine years playing in the NBA with the Bucks, Kansas City Kings and New York Knicks. He has worked as the Knicks’ general manager and now is president of operations for the Washington Wizards.

He also helped lead the United States to the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics.

 

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