(KNOXVILLE) - Tennessee will retire former basketball star Ernie Grunfeld's No. 22 jersey on March 2, when the Volunteers host Kentucky in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Grunfeld, the perimeter portion of UT's famed "Ernie and Bernie Show," was named as first-team All-American following his final two seasons (1975-76 and 76-77) for the Vols. He scored 25.3 points per game as a junior and was the school's all-time leading scorer until Allan Houston set a new mark from 1989-93 - though Grunfeld still averaged more points per game.
Grunfeld followed up with a 9-year career in the NBA, which included stints with the New York Knicks, Kansas City Kings and Milwaukee Bucks. He has served as general manager of the Knicks and Bucks and presently is the president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards.
While in Milwaukee as general manager, Grunfeld grew to know Bruce Pearl, then basketball coach at Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and recommended him as a basketball coach for Tennessee three years ago.
Grunfeld's ex-teammate, Bernard King, is expected in Knoxville for the celebration. King's No. 32 jersey was retired last season.
Courtesy the Chattanooga Times-Free Press