Saturday, December 4, 2004
Former coach upgraded to serious condition
ALBUQUERQUE -- The condition of former New Mexico men's
basketball coach Bob King has been upgraded from critical to
serious, according to a Veterans Administration Medical Center
King, who turned the Lobos' program into a national power in the
'60s, had been listed in critical for some two weeks after taking a
fall in his Albuquerque home.
King, 81, went to the hospital after the fall and doctors
discovered that he had dislocated his shoulder. He developed a
fever and later lost consciousness.
King coached the Lobos from 1962-72, compiling a record of
175-89. His 1967-68 team went 23-5, was ranked as high as fourth in
the nation and earned UNM's first berth in the NCAA Tournament.
King has a history of health problems, beginning with a heart
attack and cerebral aneurysm suffered in 1978 while serving as
athletic director and men's basketball coach at Indiana State.
In 1992, having retired and returned to Albuquerque, he
underwent quintuple-bypass surgery.