OAKLAND, FEB. 29 -- Washington Bullets forward Bernard King missed tonight's NBA game against the Golden State Warriors and his status for Wednesday's home game against the Indiana Pacers still is questionable.
King missed the final four contests of the Bullets' eight-game Western Conference road trip with what was described by the team as a lower back strain. After sitting out Washington's 111-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers last Tuesday, the forward traveled with the squad to Sacramento the following day, but then caught another flight for Chicago, where he was to be treated by Dr. Roland Sidney.
Reached today in Chicago, Sidney said that he would not talk about King's condition, or confirm that he was a patient.
"I don't have the authority to discuss who comes to see me without permission of that person," said Sidney, who described himself as an acupuncturist and a specialist in maprapathy, which he said was a Czeckoslovakian term meaning "to fix or correct suffering."
Bullets trainer John Lally said today that any word on King would have to come from the team, but a Bullets spokesman said the team hadn't been in contact with the player today.
Neither had Coach Wes Unseld.
"As far as I know he's getting treatments," Unseld said. "When he left, I didn't really expect him to be back before we returned east -- I had things to do out here."
Sidney said he's been treating athletes and entertainers "for 20-some years. They come to me and have gotten some unusual results; I'm sort of known as a last resort -- or a first resort for some people."
Last week, the Bullets said King was to receive treatment from Sidney last Thursday and Friday. When asked if he had seen King more than once, Sidney said, "In most cases, a patient is able to go back and play right away; every once in a while, I have to tell one to lay out for a while -- say for a week."
Guard Frank Johnson, who sat out Washington's 116-106 win over Phoenix last Saturday because of a bruised right knee, was listed as questionable for tonight's game.
Warriors center Ralph Sampson twisted an ankle against the New York Knicks last Friday and missed a game against the Seattle SuperSonics the following night, was expected to be in the starting lineup for Golden State.