King cleared to return

February 05, 1991|By Jim Henneman

Maybe it was nothing more than the height of his game that left Bernard King dizzy two days ago.

Whatever it was that sidelined the Washington Bullets' All-Star forward during Sunday's game in Boston apparently vanished as quickly as it appeared. King was forced to leave the 119-101 loss to the Celtics shortly after the start of the third quarter and his quick exit fueled numerous rumors.

King complained of dizziness and shortness of breath and had what was described as "an erratic heartbeat." However, the possibility of any heart malfunction was quickly dismissed -- as was King shortly after being admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital.

"I was with him this morning [yesterday] and he was fine," said Bullets public relations director Rick Moreland. "Had the team practiced, he would have participated."

King returned home with the team and his condition was satisfactory enough that no further tests were taken yesterday, nor are any scheduled. He is expected to be in the starting lineup tomorrow night, when the Bullets plays the 76ers in Philadelphia.

"Because of the erratic heartbeat, they took some tests to make sure his heart was OK," Moreland said. "But they didn't turn up anything and the doctors told Bernard it was a one-time thing -- that he'd had an allergic reaction. Something just didn't agree with him, whether it was something he ate, or something else they couldn't tell."

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